A scene from Molly of Denali's Grandpa's Drum

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9 Things For Your Kids To Watch, Read Or Listen To This Indigenous History Month

Jun 9, 2021

June is officially National Indigenous History Month in Canada. For parents, caregivers and teachers, it’s a great time to share stories and resources with our kids and with each other.

Whichever media formats you favour, we’ve pulled together this list of programming from across CBC and sometimes beyond it, to help you mark this month.


Molly of DenaliGrandpa’s Drum

Where to find it: Stream it on CBC Gem

OK, so you’re probably already aware of Molly of Denali. Season one of the hit series was a PBS Kids / WGBH / CBC Kids co-production, and has won the prestigious Peabody Award.

But what you might not know is that episode one of Molly of Denali, called Grandpa’s Drum, is a very special episode in which Molly learns about Grandpa’s time in a residential school (or a boarding school, as it’s referred to in the episode). Creative producer Princess Daazrhaii Johnson wrote this article about how to speak with your children about Grandpa’s Drum.

Recommended for ages 4 to 7.

CBC Kids: Indigenous History Month Music Video

Where to find it: Stream it on YouTube

Blast this song to get the celebrations started! This super fun rap with CBC Kids hosts Tony and Janaye highlights Indigenous achievement in sports, medicine, music and activism. Easy to watch at home or in your classroom!

Recommended for ages 3 to 7.

Anaana's Tent

Where to find it: Stream season one on CBC Gem

Hosted by Rita-Claire and her puppet pal Qimmiq, and set in the Arctic, Anaana’s Tent is a fun preschool series filled with early literacy and early math concepts.

With a theme song by The Jerry Cans and recently nominated for both a Youth Media Alliance Award of Excellence and the Shaw Rocket Fund Kids Choice Award, you can stream season one in both English and Inuktitut on CBC Gem.

Recommended for ages 2 to 5.

The Word Indigenous — Explained

Where to find it: Stream it on YouTube

For non-Indigenous kids (and probably some adults too), this is a great starting place. When do you use the term “Indigenous”? How is it different from “Aboriginal” or “First Nations”?

Recommended for ages 5+.


Indigenous Kids: Reclaimed on CBC Music

Where to find it: Listen on CBC Radio

Buffy Sainte-Marie on Sesame Street

Reclaimed is a weekly show on CBC Music that explores contemporary Indigenous music.

Last September, they produced a special episode for kids and grown-ups alike called Indigenous Kids, which included Cree lullabies, a Navajo version of Baby Shark and one of Buffy Sainte-Marie's appearances on Sesame Street. The episode is just over 50 minutes long and you can hear it at the link above.

Recommended for kids and parents of all ages.

Secret Life of Canada Podcast

Where to find it: Wherever you get your favourite podcasts, or right here

Secret Life of Canada image

From the team at CBC Podcasts, the Secret Life of Canada is a podcast series that “highlights the people, places and stories that probably didn’t make it into your high school textbook.” Three of the episodes cover subjects related to Indigenous history, and come with teaching guides:

Recommended for ages 15 to 17.

Molly of Denali Podcast

Where to find it: Wherever you get your favourite podcasts, or right here

Molly of Denali

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the Molly of Denali podcast. Fans of the series will love to follow their favourite characters to a new format with new stories — three seasons' worth!

Recommended for ages 5+.


The Entire Indigenous Section on CBCKids.ca

Where to find it: Right here

article from cbckids.ca

Once you get past all the fun games and videos, there’s an entire section on CBCKids.ca called Explore and it’s full of articles on all kinds of subjects. In the Indigenous section, you’ll find 21 articles including "Do you know what regalia is?" and "13 totally terrific totem pole facts." It’s a great place to explore with your class or at home.

Recommended for ages 6 to 10.

CBC Kids News: Shoes honour loss of 215 children at former residential school

Where to find it: Right here

article from CBC Kids News

CBC Kids News is a news service for kids 9 and up. The recent discovery of the remains of children at a former residential school in Kamloops was an important and tragic news story. CBC Kids News covered this story in an age-appropriate way for kids, parents and teachers.

Recommended for ages 9 to 12.

More resources for parents and teachers:

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