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Where can I learn more about Indigenous people in Canada?

 

Totem Pole, Calgary, Alberta (Bernard Spragg/Public Domain)

You may have learned about Indigenous people in Canada in school. If you haven't yet, Indigenous people in Canada include First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI). With so much to learn — from traditions to art — where do you start? Here’s a list of some amazing resources, including books, games and activities.

Canadian Museum of History

screen capture of the beading game

Screen capture of the beading game

The Canadian Museum of History has some really fun online games, puzzles and colouring pages including an activity where you can make colourful beaded patterns (all these links go to the Canadian Museum of History website):

  • Colouring pages — there are a bunch of wonderful colouring pages from easy to difficult that your guardian can print out for you. Hours of fun!
  • Online crossword — see how much you know about Aboriginal peoples in Canada with this interactive crossword.
  • People, places and things game — a game that challenges you to identify objects made from natural and man-made objects
  • Bead amaze (requires Flash, does not work on mobile/tablet) — follow a pattern or create your own with virtual bead design.

Indigenous comic books

Napi and the Rock digital comic imageThere are some great comics that we think you'll love from Indigenous authors and illustrators. There are digital comics about a trickster character, Snowguard the newest Indigenous Marvel superhero, a sheep and his adventures on the rez, an Inuk girl travelling the four directions and the story of the Hero Twins.

Check out Hero Twins + 4 more cool Indigenous comics!


Indigenous picture books

There are a lot of good picture books for kids written by Indigenous authors. They tell stories and unique tales from a First Nations perspective. You can read about a young girl who has her hair cut at school, a Cree girl helping her grandfather find his words again, wearing masks that represent totem animals and other great stories.

Check out 8 of the best picture books by Indigenous artists!


Indigenous video games

screen capture of Never Alone video game

Screen capture of Never Alone video game

Do you like to play video games? We have a list of five really fun Indigenous video games. Play as a young Inupiat girl and her fox trekking across the arctic tundra, hunt giant crows, become a giant thunderbird and shoot lightning to save Turtle Island, be a dreamcatcher and learn about the importance of water and how to protect it.

Check out Never Alone + 4 more fun Indigenous video games!


Colouring book

colouring book pageDo you love to colour? Here’s one you can download and colour while learning about the children who were sent away to residential schools. Get your guardian to print it out for you. When you're finished colouring it in, you and your guardian can cut out the different pieces and put them together like a puzzle to show the stained glass window from the Parliament building in Ottawa.

Download the Stained Glass Window Commemorating the Legacy of Residential Schools here!
(on Indigenous Services Canada website)


32-Page fun booklet

maze activity page from the fun booklet

Activity page from the fun booklet

This great booklet from the Government of Canada celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day with history, fun facts, stories, quizzes, games, colouring pages and crafts. Get your guardian to download it so that you can read it together and then they can print the games and activities for you to fill out and colour in.

Download the National Indigenous Peoples Day fun booklet here!
(on Government of Canada website)


More great stuff on CBC Kids

screen capture of the Indigenous section of the CBC Kids website

The Indigenous section of the CBC Kids website

One of the best places to learn more about Canada’s Indigenous people is right here on CBC Kids! You can learn about traditional Indigenous foods, crafts and sports.

Check out our Indigenous category!


Did you know?

  • There are 634 First Nations in Canada and they speak more than 50 unique languages.
  • The term First Nations describes Indigenous Canadians who are not Inuit or Metis.
  • There are more than 1.3 million Canadians who are First Nations.