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Photo by Christine Cousins

Teaching Indigenous Histories Through an Authentic Voice

Tanya C. Leary

stories that make up their identities, that help them not only look into their histories but also look toward their futures.

If you’re looking for a place to start, visit ETFO’s spirithorse website. has a magnitude of authentic resources to get you and your students started on your storytelling journey.

Finally, as the school year comes to an end, celebrate National Aboriginal Day on June 21st. Let your students decide how to celebrate. Let your students guide their inquiry. Let your students learn about the rich culture our Indigenous peoples in Canada have. And don’t forget to tell them about your learning journey and share your story along the way. Baamaapii (until we talk later).

Tanya C. Leary is Sealteaux First Nation, and a member of the Hamilton-Wentworth Teacher Local.


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When both of her parents died within months of each other, Barnett decided to dig deeper for her passion.

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In June 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission issued a series of recommendations about education relating to First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) students.