Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Free Aboriginal Resources for Teachers

Through 17 short video and radio clips, the archives let you watch media coverage of Aboriginal issues spanning from 1971-1999. 

Stories includes the 1985 Haida blockade, the funeral of Anthony Dudley George in 1995, the standoff at Gustafsen lake in 1995, and the Donald Marshall victory in 1999. 

These digital archives are fascinating not only for their content, but also for seeing how media coverage of Aboriginal issues changed over the 30-year span: compare the interviewer’s language and attitude in the first clip in 1971 with the final clip in 1999! 

Why Treaty Rights are Worth Fighting for.
The CBC Digital Archives Website.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Last updated: March 10, 2004

Donald Marshall Wins Supreme Court Victory
The CBC Digital Archives Website.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Last updated: March 16, 2004.

If you’re a teacher looking to introduce Aboriginal issues into the classroom, these video and audio clips provide a great starting place for discussing land claims and treaty rights with your students. 

You could also compare the experience of watching the media coverage to watching the Elders’ videos on Path of the Elders

While CBC’s digital archives give an overview of some of the major challenges facing Canada’s Aboriginal peoples, the Elders’ videos allow a more intimate glimpse of the day-to-day experiences growing up in an Aboriginal community. 

For more free resources like the CBC’s digital archives, check out the Teachers’ Guides at!

Collette Jackson, Content and Marketing Specialist at BlackCherry Digital Media, is writing on behalf of On the Path of the Elders, a free online educational resource that explores Cree and Ojibway history and culture, and the signing of Treaty No. 9.

Check out On the Path of the Elders at

For more information, email us at

Created in partnership with BlackCherry Digital Media, Archives Deschâtelets, the Doug Ellis Collection at Carleton University, Our Incredible World (Pinegrove Productions), the Mushkegowuk Council, Neh Naak Ko, the Archives of St. Paul University, Carleton University, and Wendy Campbell, Educational Consultant (Learning Methods Group).

This project was made possible with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canadian Culture Online Strategy. Created with additional financial assistance from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and the Inukshuk Fund.

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