3-6 Inquiry Guide
Chapter 5. Indigenous Ways of Knowing
This chapter consists of three guided inquiries that start with a provocation and culminate with ideas to take action.
Contributor Deborah Miller
Reviewed by Daniel Sylvestre
This chapter offers three different structured and scaffolded inquiries to support Indigenous Ways of Knowing. Indigenous People have passed on traditional knowledge from one generation to the next to learn to live sustainably with the Land. These enquiries explore various examples of these Indigenous Ways of Knowing and how the teachings and learning are passed on from one generation to the next.
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The background information in this chapter explores how Indigenous peoples have lived sustainably with the Land for countless generations. We need to listen carefully to better understand how Traditional knowledge, and its application, contribute to environmental sustainability and planning for the future.
The inquiry explores the topics of respect for Elders and caring for the environment. Students learn how we can apply Elder knowledge and understanding of sustainability to reduce the effects of climate change.
This inquiry examines traditions, connections to nature and how Indigenous People interact with their environment. The activities invite students to reflect on Indigenous perspectives and knowledge as sources of information to reduce the effects of climate change.
Students learn about the importance of Elder knowledge and guidance needed to help us live sustainably. They will inquire into the necessary skills for adapting to and reducing climate changes, taking lessons from Indigenous Peoples who have witnessed the environmental changes to the land.
Chapter 5 Curricular Connections
Diverse perspectives – First Nations, Métis, Inuit
Indigenous Ways of Knowing
Family and Community roles
Speaking and listening activities to share ideas
Time and Place