Indigenous Peoples in North Vancouver

Grades 4 – 7 and 8 – 12
Classroom Kit

Teacher’s Kits in PDFs:

English: Intermediate Education and Secondary Education

French: Intermediate Education  and Secondary Education

Physical Kits: The kit includes large, laminated prints of archival and other photographs for use in the classroom. 3-week loans, year-round. Contact booking for more information.


Grade appropriate activities help students explore the strength and resilience of səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) cultures. Researched by Sḵwx̱wú7mesh author and language teacher Khelsilem with MONOVA staff members, this fully-illustrated, limited edition book, looks at the traditional and contemporary history and culture of both Nations. The Book and Teaching Package will be provided electronically. This program is available in French and English.

Your students will:

  • Explore the cultures and histories of the səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) nations.
  • See contemporary & historic photos of the səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) communities.
  • Think about the cultural resilience of the səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) people.

Big Ideas (Social Studies):

  • Interactions between First Peoples and Europeans, the impact of contact and colonisation, Canada’s policies and treatment of Indigenous peoples, and resulting Indigenous activism and resistance (Grades 4- 6, 9-11, and BC First Peoples 12, Contemporary Indigenous Studies 12).
  • Geographic conditions shaped the emergence of civilizations (Grade 7).
  • Cultural expressions, governance, leadership, and resiliency of BC First Peoples (BC First Peoples 12 and Contemporary Indigenous Studies 12).