FNMI (First Nations Metis Inuit) education in the Classroom

First Nations Metis Inuit has been incorporated into in my classroom. I just think it’s really hard to understand Canada without first understanding the people who were here before Europeans arrived. At times, their history has been ignored and even forgotten. It is such an important element to this nation that it just can’t be swept underneath the mat.

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History at times is not all roses and rainbows, students should be aware of that. There are many harsh truths about things that occurred in our past.  As learners we should think critically about our nation . By studying FNMI, we get an opportunity to reflect on our past and hopefully learn and develop a better future for Canada.

Learning about First Nations Metis Inuit can be incorporated all across the curriculum. In addition to learning about in-depth in Social Studies, History and Geography, I have included it in Language. Students have HaidaArtread books by FNMI authors or read about FNMI themes. We also studied Haidi art in Art class. Not only did the students have to create their own art but they researched about its origins as well.

Technology can facilitate this learning through researching up-to-date websites about FNMI. Teachers could provide links to informative websites. Videos about FNMI could also be incorporated into the lesson. If students cannot meet an actual member of the FNMI community in person, a teacher could see if they could schedule a Q&A via Skype with an important FNMI member, educator or leader.