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Aboriginal Education and Native Studies Resources from David Spencer's Education Paragon

  • Connect with Aboriginal elders and educators and join Native Education Association of Ontario Circle (NEAO Circle) formerly The Aboriginal and Environmental Education Circle (AEE Circle) e-newsletter. The NEAO Circle is a professional learning and sharing network of educators, teachers, college instructors, university professors, Aboriginal elders and leaders. Through e-mail, they share First Nation, Metis and Inuit and native studies resources, curriculum and teaching strategies that will help Canadian teachers integrate school curriculum with current cultural, environmental and historical contributions of our Canadian First Nations, Inuit and Metis brothers and sisters.
  • Join the Native Education Association of Ontario and NEAO Circle on Facebook.
  • See photos and read about past gatherings of The Aboriginal and Environmental Education Circle (AEE Circle).
  • Join the First Nation, Metis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario (FNMIEAO) the Ontario Ministry of Education recognized provincial subject association for teachers and educators of First Nation, Metis & Inuit Studies and Native Languages. From 2011 to May 2014, this subject association was previously called the Native Education Association of Ontario (NEAO). Special thanks to Marg Boyle for her three years of leadership, encouragement and support.
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Inuit Culture and History

  1. Key Dates in Aboriginal and Canadian Government Relations
  2. Timeline of Inuit Social History from the Inuit Cultural Online Resource created by the Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre with the financial support of the Canadian Heritage Gateway Fund.
  3. Portraits of the Far North by Gerald Kuehl. Includes Inuit elders whose stories and hand drawn portraits were captured by the artist Gerald Kuehl. These brief stories of their lives offers a glimpse into the real lives of Inuit growing up across the north.
  4. Exploring Inuit Culture Curriculum is a multimedia unit for grades 4-6 about Inuit culture, the Arctic and Canada’s newest territory, Nunavut. Lesson plans aligned to elementary curricula are based on five DVDs and a music CD from the Igloolik Isuma Productions media collection.
  5. Exploring Inuit Culture ONLINE is a multi-media learning material designed for grades 4-6, to teach students about the Inuit, the native people of the Canadian Arctic, and Nunavut, the newest territory in Canada established in 1999. The Lesson Plans are available in PDF format and can be downloaded.
  6. People of Nunavut is a project of Sherly Gom and students at Menno Simons Christian School. This is a project about the people of Nunavut. This will help us to understand and appreciate the way they live in Canada's North.

Books About Inuit History

  1. The Inuit (for grade 4, 5, 6) This unit will help students develop understanding of the Inuit people. This will be accomplished through stories, vocabulary, phonics, spelling, comprehension quotes, brainstorming, research, art activities as well as student writing and independent activities.


Inuit Games

  1. Inuit Games (from the University of Waterloo) are traditional and require little equipment. These games concern physical strength, agility, and endurance. Games listed include Arctic Hunt (Tic-Tac-Toe) Inuit Ball Games, Inuit Bilboquet, Inuit Blanket Toss (Nalukauq and Qumuaqataijut),Inuit Bola, Inuit Bone Gambling Game,Inuit Cribbage, Inuit Darts, Inuit Dominoes, Inuit Tug-of-War (Nushuraoto or Nusutinguatut), Inuit Juggling, Inuit Jumping (Kilaujatut), Inuit Target, Inuit Wrestling (Panguatut and Una Tar Tuq), and Inuit Yoke Puzzle.


Inuit language

  1. Inuktitut Living Dictionary
  2. Euphemia is a computer font that covers most languages which use the Canadian Syllabic script including various Cree orthographies, Inuktitut and the historical Carrier/Dakelh script (dulkw'ahke). Three fonts are available with free end-user licences in TrueType-OpenType format (.ttf).


Inuit Music

  1. Inuit Music from Vancouver Island University
  2. Kattajjaq/Throat Singing from Siqiniup Qilauta commonly done by women as a friendly competition. It is done by imitating sounds of animals and other sounds from the Arctic environment. The competition is to see who can go longer without making a mistake and it ends with laughter to show a mistake was made. The group sings throat songs that inmitate the sounds of: The Saw, Geese, Seagulls, the River, Mosquitos and the Wind.