Educators Help Young Students ‘Think Indigenous’

By N. Jamiyla Chisholm Mar 19, 2020

In the midst of schools closing across the nation due to the spread of the Coronavirus, Indigenous educators started holding educational classes on Facebook for children in kindergarten through middle school called Think Indigenous—Online Indigenous Education K-8, the group announced via Facebook.

Launched by Chris Scribe, director of Canada’s University of Saskatchewan‘s Indian Teacher Education Program and founder of the educational conference Think Indigenous, educators took turns on Tuesday, offering lessons on their Facebook pages to students at each grade level. Already, the page has seen lessons such as “Grade 1 Math,” “Grade 8 Stress Management” and “Indigenous Boys with Braids.” March 19’s half-hour lesson also included learning the Cree language.

"I wanted to offer these online Facebook, social media classes for parents who are at home with their kids, just so they can connect with their learning," Scribe told CBC on March 17. "My passion is to include Indigenous knowledge in everything that we do. All of these courses, we are asking people to include as much Indigenous knowledge as possible." 

The page includes a daily lesson schedule and where parents can find instructors who are teaching the 30-minute classes, on the Facebook page here.

Watch a lesson below for kindergartners, which examines the alphabet, the value of respect, sight words and a Cree animal song: