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

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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.

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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.

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BookRead aloud the Elders are Watching by Roy Henry Vickers and David Bouchard 

Explore Inquiry 1

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.

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Explore Inquiry 2

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.

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Explore Inquiry 3

Chapter 5 Curricular Connections

Curricular Connections

Concepts

Citizenship




Respect

Foster Appreciation                         

Cultural Awareness

Social Studies

Diverse perspectives – First Nations, Métis, Inuit

Cultural Diversity

Indigenous languages

Indigenous Ways of Knowing

Traditional Knowledge

Balance

Family and Community roles

Elders 

Language

Critical Literacy

Oral Communication

Retelling

Storytelling

Active Listening

Responding

Storytelling

Speaking and listening activities to share ideas

Science

Ecosystems

Seasonal Cycle

Time and Place

Experiential Learning

Natural Environment

Adaptations

Environmental Sustainability

Climate Change

The Arts

Creativity

Innovation

Interpretation

Colour

Space

Media