For the classroom
The National Film Board has a rich tradition of producing films that capture our Canadian identity. This Web site builds on that tradition with a focus on Aboriginal Perspectives. Learn about First Nations, Inuit and Métis people through a thematically based exploration of the shared histories of Aboriginal people in Canada.
English Language Arts
Films (and excerpts used)
- The Caribou Hunters, 1951, excerpt 1 (6 min 37 s – 8 min 20 s), Cinema and Representation theme
- Kanata: Legacy of the Children of Aataentsic, 1999, excerpt 1 (1 min 37 s – 3 min 6 s), History and Origins theme
- You Are on Indian Land, 1969, excerpt 1(38 s – 2 min 47 s), Sovereignty and Resistance theme
- Riel Country, 1996, excerpt 3 (35 min 40 s – 39 min 36 s), Sovereignty and Resistance theme
- Circle of the Sun, 1960, excerpt (13 min 36 s – 16 min 6 s), Indigenous Knowledge theme
Access to a computer lab, Internet connection, web camera, data projector, flip chart paper or whiteboard, drawing paper and pencils.
Consider the diversity of Aboriginal cultures of Canada. Too many people have the misconception that Aboriginal communities are basically the same with differences based solely on geography. While it is true that all Native Peoples are tied closely to the land, there exists a diversity within Aboriginal communities that is as varied as the geography of Canada. Here is just a sample of the Aboriginal people in Canada: the Mi’kmaq of the East Coast; Haudenosaunee and Cree Nations of Ontario and Quebec; the Cree, Dakota, Saulteaux, Blackfoot and Métis Nations of the Prairies; the Haida, Tlingit, Tsimshian, Kwakiutl, Bella Coola and Bella Bella Nations of the West Coast; the northern nations of the Dene and Inuit. The activities that follow are intended to help build an appreciation of this diversity.