Aboriginal Youth Identity Series
origin and settlement
patterns across Canada with a focus on Alberta. Stories of
Aboriginal origin and settlement are central themes and
provide students with a wealth of text, images, audio
(including oral histories) and video resources. An examination
of specific Aboriginal communities — including the Cree, Dene,
Beaver, Métis and Blackfoot — traces the evolution of
Aboriginal Peoples from nomadic tribes to dynamic communities
settled across the province.
Drawing on the Foundation’s
Alberta: How the
West Was Young,
Treaty 8 Virtual Exhibit
Missionaries in Alberta websites, this Edukit actively engages
students in an overview of Aboriginal history and heritage.
Students develop an understanding and appreciation of the
essential role Aboriginal People played in the settlement of
The achievements and significant
contributions of Aboriginal Peoples have changed the societal
landscape throughout Alberta and Canada in many ways. The
spirit of the
Aboriginal Contributions Edukit
is to introduce
students to the many contributions of First Nations people in
areas such as the Arts, Music, Theatre, Science and
Technology, Sports and Recreation as well as Politics.
Awareness of the extent of Aboriginal contributions empowers
young people and encourages their social development.
Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students
discover how how many individuals overcome negative influences
and create and embrace fulfilling lives and careers.
Culture and its Meaning
Aboriginal Peoples in Alberta and across
Canada possess a rich history and heritage. Understanding
Aboriginal identity as it relates to culture is important for
Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples alike. Through the
Aboriginal Culture and Its Meaning Edukit, students explore
how Aboriginal People used and continue to use traditions,
symbols, practices, events and objects to express their
identity. Active participation by students in diverse
activities promotes learning and ultimately contributes to
their overall understanding of Aboriginal People and
communities in Alberta.
Language and Culture
Today, many Aboriginal children do not
communicate in their first languages. In some communities, it
is only the Elders who speak the language. Recognizing the
critical importance of Aboriginal Languages, the
Language and Culture Edukit emphasizes the importance of
language to culture and traditional education.
Aboriginal youth must have opportunities
within the educational community to learn, practice, and share
their first language. For non-Aboriginal students, this Edukit
introduces students to a variety of other language groups,
helping them to recognize how language influences culture,
traditions, beliefs and values.
The Cree, Dene, Beaver and Blackfoot peoples
of Treaty areas 6, 7, and 8 share many values and traditions.
However, each has a unique view of creation and spirituality.
Aboriginal values and beliefs are resilient, and spirituality
is central to the continuing growth and survival of Aboriginal
communities. The sacred underpins all aspects of life. The
Aboriginal Spirituality and Creation Edukit recognizes Aboriginal
creation stories, teaches students to respect Aboriginal
spirituality in all that it encompasses.
By exploring different creation stories and
beliefs, students develop an appreciation for the Aboriginal
worldview and learn that Aboriginal Peoples are not
homogeneous. For Aboriginal students, this Edukit fosters a
sense of pride in their culture and spiritual heritage. For
non-Aboriginals, it reinforces the importance of Aboriginal