Cultural Presentations

Cultural Presentations are available for teachers within the Abbotsford School District. These are presented virtually through Microsoft Teams by a cultural presenter.
Teachers can review the presentations that are offered and request the grade appropriate presentations through the ISW at their school.
You will need to provide your availability, grade level and number of students in your class to the ISW who will make the request with the Indigenous Department.

 
 

Cedar

Presentation Length: 1 hr. 15 min
Grades: 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

The presenter will explain how important the cedar tree was to the Stó:lō people. A video that demonstrates how Stó:lō people respectfully harvest the cedar tree will be shown.

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Fishing Tools - Past and Present

Presentation Length: 90 Minutes
Grades: 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

The presenter will show a collection of five traditional Stó:lō fishing tools and artifacts for students to examine.

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Her Seven Brothers

Presentation Length: 60 Minutes
Grades: 1 2 3 4 5

The presenter will share a Cheyenne story Her Seven Brothers, by Paul Goble, that tells of the origin of the Big Dipper for the Cheyenne people.

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History of Trade Beads

Presentation Length: 60 Minutes
Grades: 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Students will learn about the pre-contact and post contact history of trade beads in Canada. Students will also learn the importance of beading to Indigenous peoples of Canada.

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How Deer are Important

Presentation Length: 60 Minutes
Grades: 2 3 4 5

The students will compare the origins of everyday clothing and items to the origins of traditional Stό:lō items and clothing. The presenter will show clothing, shoes, medicine pouch, drum and other

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Indigenous Peoples uses of Plants and Animals

Presentation Length: 45 Minutes
Grades: Kindergarten 1 2 3

The presenter will communicate knowledge of plants and animals that are important to the Stó:lō people. The presenter will use photos, stuffed plants and animals to prompt student learning.

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Introduction to Inuit Culture

Presentation Length: 60 Minutes
Grades: 3 4 5 6

The presenter will communicate knowledge of Inuit people and their history in Canada.

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Introduction to Métis Culture

Presentation Length: 90 Minutes
Grades: 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

The presenter will communicate knowledge of Métis people and their history in Canada.

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Inuit Sculptures

Presentation Length: 3 Hours
Grades: 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

The presenter will introduce Inuit sculptures to the class through the use of Inuit stories.

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Kumak's Fish

Presentation Length: 60 Minutes
Grades: 1 2 3

Students will listen to a humorous Inuit story, Kumak’s Fish - A Tall Tale from the Far North, written by Michael Bania.

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Paddle 2

Presentation Length: 75 Minutes
Grades: 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Students will learn about symbols of Stó:lō People: the paddle, the canoe and the cedar tree. Students will learn about the Coast Salish eye design and assemble a paddle keychain to keep.

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Paddle Necklace

Presentation Length: 75 Minutes
Grades: 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Students will learn about the Four Directions and a symbol of Stó:lō People: the Paddle. Students will assemble a paddle necklace to keep and then draw a personal symbol onto their necklace.

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Rock Painting

Presentation Length: 60 Minutes
Grades: 2 3 4 5

Students will learn about the significance and history of pictographs and traditional rock paintings. They will decipher what they believe some pictographs communicated.

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Sharing Circle 1

Presentation Length: 60 Minutes
Grades: Kindergarten 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

The students will be introduced to the history, the purpose and the expectations of a sharing circle.

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Sharing Circle 2

Presentation Length: 60 Minutes
Grades: 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

The students will be introduced to the history, the purpose and the expectations of a sharing circle.

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Stó:lō Fishing Tools and Implements

Presentation Length: 3 Hours
Grades: 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

The presenter will show a collection of traditional Stó:lō fishing tool replicas. Students will be given time to examine each tool and record information on a worksheet provided.

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The Four Ladies

Presentation Length: 60 Minutes
Grades: 3 4 5 6

The presenter will show four traditional dolls representing four major Indigenous land regions.

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The Return of the Buffaloes

Presentation Length: 60 Minutes
Grades: 1 2 3 4

The Presenter will read a Lakota story from the Plains region, The Return of the Buffaloes, written and illustrated by Paul Goble.

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Warrior Sticks

Presentation Length: 90 Minutes
Grades: 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Using wooden doweling, students will make their own warrior stick. The four colours on the stick (black, red, yellow and white) symbolize a process for problem solving.

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