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Canadian Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada Giant Floor Map

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by pmnationtalk on February 9, 2020248 Views

Credit: SD68NanaimoLadysmith

The Canadian Geographic Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada Giant Floor Map is larger than most classrooms: 8m by 11m (26 ft by 36 ft). The map is in demand by schools across Canada as Truth and Reconciliation is a national priority. And in BC, First Peoples language, culture, and principles of learning are embedded in the K-12 curriculum. The map comes with recommended lesson activities but open-ended exploration is a good way to start. John Barsby School had the map available to students and their teachers for ten days in January. Elders from the Snuneymuxw First Nation were invited to have lunch and explore the map on January 20 and a Grade 7 class from Park Avenue School walked over to John Barsby (with their teacher) for a lesson on January 23. With a quick introduction and some guidance, the students explored landmark events on the 12000-year timeline; the location of residential schools; the location of traditional languages, first nations, and reserves; and treaty boundaries. All participants respected the rules of the map: no food or drink, no pens or pencils, and no shoes! One grade 7 student asked how much the map was worth. When they found it has a replacement cost of $5000, their amazement grew a little more. – Teacher at John Barsby – Kip Wood Special Thanks to – Snuneymuxw Elder – Lolly Good – Aboriginal Education Assistant – Val White

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