Click the play button to hear the English and Halq’emeylem pronunciation of the title of this tab

Big Idea:

Worldview is the perspective from which one sees and interprets the world. Indigenous peoples have diverse worldviews. These worldviews are based on the location of the group and on the land and natural resources surrounding that area. They are also deeply connected to our values and beliefs and to the culture that exists within our communities. When worldviews come together, there can be conflict, but when mutually respected, opportunities to learn about one another can be created.

Focus Questions:

  • Think about your worldview. What do you believe? How did you come to believe this? In your life, who influences your worldview?
  • How might the Indigenous worldview be different than the European worldview?
  • Think about a time when your worldview conflicted with that of someone else. What happened?
  • What were some of the results of the clash between the Indigenous worldview and the European worldview?
  • What might the Indigenous peoples have learned from the Europeans? What might the Europeans have learned from Indigenous peoples? (possible benefits)

Video Resources:

Worldviews and Reflections on National Aboriginal Day: On this date, Elders, MPSD 75 District Staff, Students and Dignitaries shared a salmon feast and witnessed an honouring ceremony for the courageous survivors who contributed to the District’s Residential School Curriculum. This film highlights various perspectives and Worldviews and archives the day’s events.

Sto:lo Past and Present was graciously loaned to the Mission School District 75 by the Coqualeetza Cultural Education Centre.  (Please note that this documentary may use some “dated” terminology regarding Canada’s First Peoples)

Digital Resources:

Click the following bold link to explore The Seven Sacred Teachings (Alberta resource).

Click this link or the following picture to learn about Canoe Pulling

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