OUR LAND, OUR STORIES, OUR PEOPLE

$5.00 Per Student  Before Taxes

GRADES 2 TO 5

For over 10,000 years, the Îyârhe (Stoney) Nakoda have called the Bow Valley home. Students will learn about their language, culture, and traditions with one of our Stoney Nakoda cultural interpreters.

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Description

Learn more about the Stoney Nakoda – their language, culture, and traditions – with an emphasis on place and identity.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  • To develop an awareness and understanding of the Stoney Nakoda through their relationship with the land.
  • To develop an appreciation for the rich cultural history, language and traditional knowledge of the Stoney Nakoda.
  • To learn about the traditional skills used in the daily life of the Stoney Nakoda before the settlement of the Canadian West.

The program consists of two (for the 60-minute program) or three (90-minute program) segments:

  • Segment 1 – Introduction | ‘I am Stoney’ – introduction of Stoney Knowledge Keeper and ‘We are Stoney’ – introduction to the Stoney Nakoda and their relationship to the land.   
  • Segment 2 – The Bison Supermarket | This segment introduces students to the cycles of the four seasons the Stoney Nakoda followed; students will learn about the many traditional uses for bison and plants.
  • Segment 3 – Tipi Raising | This optional segment introduces students to the traditional roles in the camp and provides opportunities for the class to raise their own student-sized tipi.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

This program can be adapted to meet a variety of curriculum objectives, including:

  • 1.2.1 Appreciating how stories and events of the past connect us to the present and recognizing how Indigenous communities are integral to Canada’s character.
  • 2.2.2 Appreciating how Indigenous people have influenced the development of our community.
  • 4.2 and 5.2 Understanding the stories, histories and people of Alberta and Canada.

Location: Canmore NWMP Barracks | Seasonsonal – May and June, September and October
Length: 60 minutes, 90 minutes with optional tipi raising activity
Cost: $5.00 per student

This program is offered with support by the Paterson Foundation.