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Field Trips

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Field Trips

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First Nations Cultural Centres

Prepare your students for National Aboriginal Day on June 21 with a visit to a First Nations culture centre. Students will learn about the culture of Canada's various Aboriginal peoples. Many offer games, crafts, and outdoor activities-perfect for releasing some end-ofthe-year energy. First Nations governments often operate the centres and may produce resources you can use in your classroom, or have staff that can come and speak to your students about topics like First Nations history or the legacy of residential schools.

Droulers-Tsiionhiakwatha Archaeological Site Interpretation Centre

Saint-Anicet, QC

www.sitedroulers.ca

This full-scale replica of a 15th Century Iroquois village, 75 kilometres from Montreal, gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in First Nations culture. In addition to guided tours of the village, visits may include lessons about First Nations legends and a game of lacrosse. The educational components are tailored to meet Quebec curriculum for First Nations studies taught in Grade 3 Society classes and high school Canadian History classes. Tours are typically booked a year in advance and are offered in both French and English. The Centre also offers an overnight program where students can stay in the longhouses. The site is usually open from April to October.

Glooscap Heritage Centre and Mi'kmaw Museum

Millbrook, NS

www.glooscapheritagecentre.com

This museum uses multimedia presentations, scavenger hunts, and exhibit tours to teach students about Mi'kmaw history and culture. Teachers can choose additional programming options, including drumming workshops, legend presentations, or specialized talks about specific First Nations issues. These can complement units about First Nations, Mi'kmaw, and Canadian history taught in Grades 5, 7, 10, and 11. Centre staff can also visit schools to make presentations about Mi'kmaw culture and First Nations history.

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Fort Macleod, AB

www.history.alberta.ca/headsmashedin/default.aspx

For thousands of years, Blackfoot hunted buffalo in this area, 90 minutes south of Calgary. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Jump-a small, elevated landmassprovides students of all ages with opportunities to experience Blackfoot culture. A simulated dig allows them to make their own archaeological discoveries. They can learn about Blackfoot legends while making their own tipi. Students in Grade 4 or older can take guided tours of the trails and the Jump itself. The site also offers a kit teachers can rent for two weeks to teach students about the Blackfoot. Classroom videoconference presentations with site guides are also available. …

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