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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
Melissa Oskineegish
MacKenzie Orlando
Tina Armstrong
Oliver Rusnak
Victoria Russell Mathews

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Identify a variety of strengths and needs using the Four Directions Education Model.

2. Apply the Four Directions Education Model to factors that influence future education and career/life goals.

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
Four Directions Education Model Template Exemplar File
Oshkaatisak Kikinohamaakewin (7 minute video) 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:
Title Type
Assessment Resource: Anecdotal Notes for Small Group Observation File
Assessment Resource: Self-Assessment File

Related resources on NCCIE.ca

Title Type
Oshkaatisak Kikinohamaakewin Link

Where can I find additional information?

Title Type
Four Directions Teachings Link
First Nation, Métis, and Inuit presence in our schools: A cultural resource File
Exploring the Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession through Anishinaabe Art 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
Intergenerational learning with Elders/Knowledge Holders
Ethics in the classroom: care, truthfulness and trust, respect, integrity
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): 2:10
(includes time for instruction, activities, self-reflection, and assessment, if applicable)

Other Details

Course Codes:
Unit Plan Title:
Stream: General, Academic
Meets curriculum expectations or outcomes for: Ontario

Lesson Plan Topics


Please contact Leisa Desmoulins  for more information.