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Indigenous Ways of Knowing & Being
Traditional Medicines

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
Dawn Marie Wemigwans
Ginette Toivonen
Dawn Fielding
Will Morin
Terri-Lynn Lepage
Lynsie Royer
Joel Agowissa
Vince Pawis
Jennifer Gran-Peltier
Jim Eshkawkogan
Brandon Gray
Kevin Fitzmaurice
Crystal Osawamick
Ashley Nadjiwon

Learning Outcomes

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

It is hoped that both the film and this interpretive guide will be helpful to schools in their efforts at integrating Indigenous knowledge into their organizational culture and into their curriculum development through a consideration of the main themes of this work. Please see Teacher's Guide, Background/Foundational Information Section below for a summary of the main themes of this work.  

Teachers' Guide


Title Type
Video: 'Eskibak' New Beginnings: St. David Catholic 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:

Related resources on NCCIE.ca

Title Type
Mike Nadjiwon - Elder who works for the Environment and People Link
Dawn Wemingwans - Principal at St. Davids Link
Stan & Sharla Peltier - Language teachers, working with students. Link
Will Morin Link
Laurie Stewart - Language Teacher Link
Dominic Beaudry Link
Pamela Toulouse Link
Julia Pegahmagabow 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): 30:00
(includes time for instruction, activities, self-reflection, and assessment, if applicable)

Other Details

Meets curriculum expectations or outcomes for: Ontario

Lesson Plan Topics


Please contact Kevin Fitzmaurice  for more information.