Sweetgrass Arts Centre Public Education Program

The Sweetgrass Arts Centre Public Education Program

The Sweetgrass Arts Centre Public Education Program has been in operation since July, 1999. The goal of this program is to provide accurate information on Mi’kmaq people and issues to teachers, students, professionals and businesses.

The Public Education Coordinator is available to visit schools and other organizations to give First Nations presentations which include a power point slide show and examine associated arts.

Note: Depending on requests the Public Education Coordinator will create other special presentations as needed for Summer Day Camps, Senior and Church groups, High Schools, Businesses, etc.

FEE: $175.00/hour presentation, plus mileage ($ .43/km) to and from presentation location.

Presentations:

Examples of our INTERACTIVE PROGRAMMING
Focus: Traditional Knowledge
Duration: 1 Hour
Curriculum Connections:
n/a

 

Lessons are created based on the medicine wheel. Using these components we will examine how the medicine wheel uses traditional knowledge in its everyday teachings. The session includes relevant First Nations stories, hands on artifacts and completion of appropriate hands on activities
Focus: First Nations Contributions
Grade(s): 3
Duration: 1 Hour
Curriculum Connections:
Social Studies-Early Settlement/ Pioneer Life

 

Through a power point show and discussion students will learn about First Nations contributions to agriculture, government, architecture, games, music, etc. in Canadian society. They will then examine various artifacts including some musical instruments which will lead them into trying a round dance. Note: A new presentation on First Nations settlement in Upper Canada 1800 is being created.
Focus: Games
Grade(s): 3,4,5,6
Duration: 1 Hour
Curriculum Connections:
Social Studies-Pioneer Life; Health & Physical Ed- Science & Tech.- Forces & Movement

 

Students will view a short Snow snake power point show and they will learn about other First Nations games including waltes, lacrosse. Students will have the opportunity to play a game of waltes
Focus: Stories & Legends
Grade(s): 4,5
Duration: 2 Hours
Curriculum Connections:
Arts-Drama & Dance, Visual; English; Science & Tech.-Habitats & Communities

 

A brief introduction to First Nations people in relation to stories and legends will be given. Class will be divided into four groups (5-7 per group) and given a legend they must tell/perform either through mime/ acting, puppets or drawing. Students have 45 minutes to read and practice their legend and then they will perform it in class. Puppets and First Nations Art books and a few props will be provided.
Focus: First Nations Art
Grade(s): 4,5,6
Duration: 1 Hour
Curriculum Connections:
Art-visual;

 

Students will learn about First Nations Art history as they view First Nations artist’s work on screen and in books. They will be able to see the different types of work that is being done. An extended student activity is to select an artist and create an art piece based on that artist style of work. This would require students to have extra time to complete their First Nations Art project based on the teacher/classroom schedule.
Focus: Music & Dance
Grade(s): 3,4,5,6
Duration: 1 Hour
Curriculum Connections:
Art-Music & Dance; Physical Education & Health; Social Studies

 

A brief introduction to First Nations will be given and students will listen and discuss what is a Pow-wow, and contemporary aboriginal music (depending on grade level). They will then examine various musical instruments and finally students will participate in a social round dance.
Focus: Then & Now
Stereotypes
Grade(s): 6
Duration: 1 Hour
Curriculum Connections:
Social Studies, Art, Music

 

Students learn about First Nations cultural groups as they move through a historical time line of First Nations realities and societal challenges. Discussion will include the impact of Contact, the banning of traditional ceremonies, the pass system, and land claims. Students will examine selected artifacts that accompany this presentation.

 

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