UCalgary resource helps K-12 teachers bring Indigenous storytelling to the classroom

Interactive website project led by Werklund School scholars sought broad input from a diverse team of educators with connections to diverse communities

A new University of Calgary online database will help teachers incorporate Indigenous knowledge and perspective into K-12 classrooms.

Led by Drs, Aubrey Hanson and Erin Srping, the website provides detail on more than 250 books, poems, songs, art collections and websites by Indigenous creators from Treaty 7 territory and across North America.

Lesson plans outlining how the resources can be applied in the classroom many accompany many of the entries. The two believe that teachers who consult the website will be assured of addressing both the truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s education-related Calls to Action as well as Alberta Education’s Teaching Quality Standard.

To make sure the content included on their website was accurate, the team worked closely with Indigenous community members and Werklund School alumni on the initiative.

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