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Prince Edward Island
Indigenous Ways of Knowing & Being
Family and Parenting, Teacher Training

Families / Parents
Early Childhood Education, Post-Secondary, Professional Development/Continuing Education

Acknowledgement Protocol

Please read this Acknowledgement before the start of this lesson to respect the knowledge that is being shared and the Land of the People where the knowledge originates:

Note: As long as the 'Acknowledgement Protocol' is followed to honour the Land and the People where a lesson plan originates, lesson plans appearing on NCCIE.CA may be adapted to different places and different ages of learners. What is the Land Acknowledgement where you live?   Read More


Name Role/Job Title Place
Neil Forbes
Sharon O’Brien
Gregory S. McKenna, PhD
Verlé Harrop

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this lesson plan, students will be able to:

1. relate principles of Indigenous knowledge to personal, family, and community wellness;

2. be socially responsible and contribute to one's own family and community through the sharing of stories;

3. formulate approaches for engaging Indigenous community partners in establishing a 'Creation Stories' project.

Teachers' Guide


  • Spiritual (e.g., Relational) Learners
  • Physical (e.g., Tactile, Experiential, Visual) Learners
  • Intellectual (e.g., Rational, Logical) Learners
  • Emotional (e.g., Feeling, Intuitive) Learners
Title Type
Case Study: Creation Stories - Creating Strong Families Through Our Stories File
Final Handbook created by Mi'kmaq Family Resource Centre: Creation Stories-Creating Strong Families Through Our Stories Link


This section contains information for assessing progress in students' learning. While Indigenous approaches to assessment may be highlighted, conventional assessment methods may also be discussed:

Where can I find additional information?

Title Type
Creation Stories: Creating Strong Families Through Our Stories Link
Appendix 1 - Collecting Information File
Appendix 2 - Processing and Presenting the Information File
Introductory video to 'Creation Stories' lesson plan with Neil Forbes Link

Holism and All Our Relations

This lesson plan has been developed with an Indigenous lens that is holistic in nature, a way of being and knowing that acknowledges our relationships with 'all our relations', including plants and animals, other human beings, the water, land, wind, sun, moon, stars, and more - everything seen and unseen. With 'all our relations' in mind, this lesson plan has been developed with a focus on:

Relationship with the land
On-the-land/outdoor learning experiences
Language and Culture
Intergenerational learning with Elders/Knowledge Holders
Ethics in the classroom: care, truthfulness and trust, respect, integrity
Relationship with family, ancestors
Different learning styles; attention given to mind, body, and spirit
Healthy relationships in school and community
Connections with everyday life
Participatory and experiential learning activities
Healthy relationship with self and identity
Personal reflection time (connecting with thoughts and feelings)

Lesson Plan Length

Estimated Length (hh:mm): 20:00
(includes time for instruction, activities, self-reflection, and assessment, if applicable)

Other Details

Meets curriculum expectations or outcomes for: Prince Edward Island

Lesson Plan Topics


Please contact Verlé Harrop  for more information.