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Infusing Indigenous Perspectives in K-12 Teaching

This guide is designed to help Initial Teacher Education students find materials that centre or focus on First Nations, Métis, and Inuit worldviews, experiences and knowledges for teaching in the K-12 classroom.

On-Core Video Collection

On-Core is a collection of audiovisual materials (largely films and videos) that correspond to specific strands of the Ontario Core Curriculum. Within this package are a significant collection of video materials on Indigenous topics and films by Indigenous peoples. Here you will find specific films on Indigenous issues mapped directly to curriculum expectations and grade level.

Click on the logo below to connect to On-Core (Please note that this resource is available to OISE and UofT students only):

Videos Online

There are some excellent video recordings available for free online:

  • The Aboriginal Voice Playlist (7 films) - A curated list of films from the National Film Board that focus on Indigenous voices and perspectives

  • Crow the Legend (2018, 19:38 mins) - An animated film about Crow based on an Indigenous story (Also available in VR)

  • Residential schools : Truth and Reconciliation in Canada (2015, 47:02 mins) - A package of audio visual education materials related to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission including interviews with Justice Murray Sinclair, Marie Wilson and Paul Martin.

  • An overview of residential schools in Canada (2015, 35:22 mins) - A film about the experiences of residential school survivors, and includes Shannen's Dream [for a school] and remarks by Chief Robert Joseph.

  • Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change (2010, 54:07 mins) - Inuit communities share their experiences of climate change in the Arctic.

  • My Name is Kahentiiosta (29:00 mins) - An Alanis Obomsawin documentary about the act of resisting by Kahentiiosta, a Mohawk woman, following the Oka Crisis.

  • We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice (2016, 2:43:00 mins) - An Alanis Obomsawin documentary about the injustice of the 60's Scoop.

  • Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993, 119:15 mins) - An Alanis Obomsawin documentary on the Oka Crisis. Contains scenes of violence.

  • Trick or Treaty (2014, 1:24:00 mins) - An Alanis Obomsawin documentary on treaty relationships and the treaty process.

  • For Angela (1993, 21:20 mins) - A Nancy Trites short film that tells a powerful story of resistance of Angela and Rhonda Gordon who experienced racism.

  • Growing up in Cities (2010, 11:10 mins) - A video about Indigenous youth living in Canadian cities; by Redwire, Environmental Youth Alliance and Heartwood.

  • I’m Not the Indian You Had in Mind (2007, 5:28 mins) - A reading of the poem by Thomas King.

  • Ask an Elder (YouTube Film Series)- A video series featuring an Elder answering questions

  • Winona LaDuke - Seeds of Our Ancestors, Seeds of Life (2012, 16:37 mins) - Winona is an internationally renowned activist working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy and food systems.

  • The Other Side of the Ledger (1972, 42:22 mins) - A National Film Board production on the inequality between the HBC and the Aboriginal and Métis suppliers.

Audio Online

There are some great radio programs and music sources online:

To find video and audio resouces that correspond to the topic area, curriculum subject, or grade level, please see the Deepening Knowledge Project website.

Virtual and Augmented Reality

Virtual and Augmented Reality resources are an especially rich area for Indigenous creators to explore Indigenous futures, languages and environments. Below are a list of Indigenous centric VR/AR Materials. For a full guide on using Virtual Reality in Classrooms, please consult our Guide. For use of the Blitzwolf VR Glasses (CR 371.33468 B6497) available through the library, please find them in the Curriculum Resources Collection on the Third Floor of the Library.

Search the Catalogue

Catalogue Search Tips

Search the same way you would search for books, but in the left-hand column of the results screen, select the format “Videos & DVDs” or “Audio.” 

After that, you can select a more specific format (e.g., “Videocassette” or “DVD”).