Indigenous Cinema in the Classroom Ages 6–11
These short films for younger learners are by Indigenous filmmakers from across Canada and include titles from the Nunavut Animation Lab and the Talespinners, Vistas and Stories from Our Land series.
Indigenous Cinema in the Classroom is an extension of our Wide Awake Tour for the public. It offers teachers, students and parents the opportunity to watch films selected from our collection of more than 250 Indigenous-made works. We’ve created playlists of these titles, grouping them by student age recommendation and professional development for teachers.
These stories address a range of subjects, such as: the influence of elders, realizing your potential, sharing knowledge, discovering history and culture, the power of nature, parent/child relationships, Arctic landscapes and Inuit objects and iconography, first contact, Inuit folklore, the hoop dance, Indigenous traditions, intergenerational knowledge, Mi’kmaq legends, traditional crafts and skills such as sled making and igloo building, music and dance, and seal hunting.
Curriculum links include:
Diversity and Pluralism, Indigenous Studies – Identity/Society, Geography – The Arctic, History and Citizenship Education – European Expansion, Arts Education – Visual Arts, Family Studies/Home Economics, Media Education – Film Animation, English Language Arts – Children’s Stories and Fables