Aboriginal Peoples of Canada

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Teacher Resources


The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is an excellent resource for movies about Aboriginality.
Many school boards in Canada automatically subscribe to the NFB and teachers can access their movies through the school server. For those who do not, there are a few movies offered for free screening by the NFB. "For Angela" is one of them.

For Angela - 1993, 21 mins

Recommended for grades 5+.

Inspired by a true story.

This short film portrays the experiences of Rhonda Gordon and her daughter, Angela, when a simple bus ride changes their lives in an unforeseeable way. When they are harassed by three boys, Rhonda finds the courage to take a unique and powerful stance against ignorance and prejudice. What ensues is a dramatic story of racism and empowerment. (Description taken from the National Film Board of Canada Website)

NFB also boasts a wonderful site called "Aboriginal Perspectives" with classroom links!

The Aboriginal Perspectives module contains 33 documentaries, a short fiction film, and 5 film clips. These productions do not represent the entirety of the films on Canada’s native peoples in the NFB collection, which comprises more than 700 such works. We did want it, however, to be a representative sample of the whole. The user will find films on many important aspects of Aboriginal culture and heritage, its diverse communities, and some of the major issues and significant moments in its history. These films, more than half of which were made by Aboriginal people, are the work of experienced filmmakers, such as Alanis Obomsawin and Gil Cardinal, and filmmakers in the early stages of their career, such as Elisapie Isaac and Bobby Kenuajuak. The selection covers more than 50 years of film production. All the films are available in both official languages, and 18 of them include described video to allow blind and visually impaired people to fully enjoy their content. In addition, 27 films are available with closed captioning for hearing impaired people. (Description taken from NFB website)

Please note: The "About the Theme" sections are particularly useful for teachers.

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network

We Were Children - 2013, 89 mins
Recommended for grades 5+.
*Previewing strongly recommended - physical and sexual abuse are alluded to. There may be parts you may wish to skip with younger students.

The movie is now AVAILABLE ON NETFLIX CANADA. It can also be purchased from NFB Canada.

As young children, Lyna and Glen were taken from their homes and placed in church-run boarding schools. The trauma of this experience was made worse by years of untold physical, sexual and emotional abuse, the effects of which persist in their adult lives. In this emotional film, the profound impact of the Canadian government's residential school system is conveyed unflinchingly through the eyes of two children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years. We Were Children gives voice to a national tragedy and demonstrates the incredible resilience of the human spirit. (Description taken from the We Were Children website)
2012, Television Series (Available Online)
Recommended for Teachers and grades 10+.
8TH FIRE is a provocative, high-energy journey through Aboriginal country showing you why we need to fix Canada's 500 year-old relationship with Indigenous peoples; a relationship mired in colonialism, conflict and denial. (Description taken from the CBC website)

Narrated by Native American children, the DVD Unlearning "Indian" Stereotypes teaches about racial stereotypes and provides an introduction to Native American history through the eyes of children.