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Social Studies/Indigenous Studies

This department is responsible for the collection and development of Social Studies/Indigenous Studies materials to be integrated across the curriculum so that all students learn about and appreciate the contribution of Indigenous Peoples to the history and development of Manitoba first and foremost, but also of the Americas in general.

Increasingly, that historical focus has expanded to include greater emphasis on the economic history of Northern and remote Manitoba, as a prerequisite to educating our students on the economic possibilities there today. In addition, the mandate of the department also includes support for and promotion of the Indignous languages of Manitoba.

Some examples of the work completed by the department include:

  • researched and written several community histories and anthologies,
  • assisted with the creation of video histories of several of our communities,
  • written culturally-sensitive illustrated books (early years),
  • created supplemental guides for early years,
  • edu-kits created on fur themes,
  • high school course in Native Studies,
  • inserviced teachers, parents, community on the teaching of history and culture.


 New World Ideas: Indigenous Innovations that Changed Everything
Manitoba teachers are invited to explore two new curriculum resources that celebrate Indigenous innovations and offer practical ideas for the classroom.
The Birch Bark Canoe: Navigating a New World illuminates the genius of the craft and explores it as a catalyst for inquiry based learning. Designed for middle and senior years, the package contains a twenty five minute video with an accompanying booklet that makes explicit connections to provincial curriculum documents and suggests a range of hands on activities that engage students in significant learning experiences.

The Three Sisters: Renewing the World builds on an ancient story told by many Indigenous Peoples and passed on through oral traditions for thousands of years. The twenty nine minute video explains the relationship between of corn, beans and squash and illuminates the sophisticated knowledge of plant husbandry that the first farmers possessed. The accompanying booklet shares the ideas of educators from around the province. From early year’s mathematics to senior year’s urban studies, The Three Sisters demonstrate their transdisciplinary relevance in the 21st century classroom.
Both videos and the accompany books can be located on line at and are available free of charge to all interested teachers.
Note: For Frontier Sites where you are unable to view the content due to limited connectivity please contact to arrange for alternative digital content delivery methods.

For more information, contact:

April Krahn ( - Assistant Suoerintendent Language, Culture and Land-Based Learning 

Adele Ledoux ( - Indigenous Culture Consultant

Louise Landygo (​) - Indigenous Culture Researcher