Versatile textbooks for Intermediate and Senior classrooms - Available in English and French!

Aboriginal Peoples in Canada & Aboriginal Beliefs Values and Aspirations - Pearson & Goodminds


These two texts, published in 2011, can most definitely be used beyond the Native Studies classroom and be useful for teachers at ALL levels who are looking to expand their own knowledge. If you are looking for a reliable resource for including Indigenous perspectives in your Law, Politics, Geography, History, Family Studies, Philosophy, or Religion & Spirituality classes, these are amazing references to ground your teaching. 

Both books are full of case studies and feature short and longer profiles of many Indigenous peoples ranging in age, experience, and profession.

These texts were written alongside a team of Advisers and Reviewers from a variety of Indigenous Nations as a resource to be used in the province of Ontario (however they do provide information about other provinces and territories). 



My favorite unit is #3 in Aboriginal Beliefs, Values, and Aspirations entitled Sovereignty and Self-Determination. I have not yet found another school-aged resource which covers this important topic, and does so clearly from the perspectives of diverse Indigenous peoples. 


These texts also have accompanying teacher guides, and are available in French! 

Questions to Consider

  • What additional learning do I need to undertake to assist my students to extend their learning?
  • How can I interpret the curriculum to make room for Indigenous concepts, topics, or perspectives which are not included?

Interview with High School Teacher Laryssa Gorecki


Click here to download my interview with Laryssa! 


This month I conducted my first interview with Laryssa Gorecki, an English teacher at James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic High School in Toronto. She's been incorporating Indigenous content into her classroom in the West end of the city, and finding that her students from all different backgrounds have points of connection to the material.

Laryssa speaks to us about her unit, and addresses questions any teacher might have, including navigating her role as a relatively new learner in this area.

What does Laryssa teach?

The unit on Truth and Reconciliation examined the implications of using arts-based activities, including music, drama, and picture books, as a means to build student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect. Through an aesthetic approach, students actively engaged with the themes found in various artwork, songs, and narratives by Indigenous authors and artists. The unit culminated with a project expressing cognitive and aesthetic growth in our student community.

Resources Laryssa uses:

Students created final projects which displayed their learning in the unit. 

Students created final projects which displayed their learning in the unit. 



If you have feedback or questions for Laryssa, you can contact her via email or follow her on twitter @laryssagorecki1