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Newfoundland and Labrador
Social Studies
English Language Arts, Indigenous Ways of Knowing & Being


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
Danielle Benoit
Jenelle Duval
Jen Martin
Shane Welcher
Kwanita Drew
Emma Reelis

Learning Outcomes

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

1. explore the concept of culture and demonstrate an understanding of its role in students’ lives; [Social Studies]

2. investigate how cultures are transmitted from generation to generation; [Social Studies]

3. create inquiry questions to gather information for multiple purpose. [Language Arts]

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
Handouts and Worksheets for this lesson File
Recording Equipment and Editing Software for recording Elders - To Be Determined Supplies and Equipment


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:

Related resources on NCCIE.ca

Title Type
"Siyamtelot and Swelimeltexw" Hearing from our Elders Link
An Interview with Mary Jane Joe Link
Videos: Youth Digital Storytelling Project with First Light Friendship Centre, St. John's, NL Link

Where can I find additional information?

Title Type
Territory Acknowledgement Link
Indigenous Elder Link
Elder Protocol Link
A Practical Guide to Inquiry-Based Learning File

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): 7:00
(includes time for instruction, activities, self-reflection, and assessment, if applicable)

Other Details

Meets curriculum expectations or outcomes for: Newfoundland and Labrador

Lesson Plan Topics


Please contact Verlé Harrop  for more information.