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Let us help plan an interesting, educational and fun programming experience for your students. Whether your class is walking through our beautiful valley, handling artifacts or learning a new life skill we offer an experience that is unforgettable that students will remember for years to come!

Teacher Resources

Tipi Raising (all ages)

Students  learn how Indigenous Plains people set up their homes, and the values that are associated with each part of the tipi. Explore the values that were passed down to the children as they helped set-up the tipi.

Time: 45 minutes

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Bison Hunt (weather permitting) (grades 5-12)

Over 200 years ago bison roamed the prairies by the millions and were the single most important animal to First Nations peoples in this area. Students will experience the thrill and skill that accompanied a hunt when they get to try their hand at using the atlatl (a spear thrower) and the bow and arrow.

Time: 45 Minutes

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First Nations Technology: Bison (all ages)

Millions of bison once roamed the central and northern plains and First Nations depended upon them for survival. Kindergarten and grade 1, 3 and 4 students will learn about the bison, its place in the centre of plains cultures and how it was processed for food. See how every part of the animal was used to provide food, tools, shelter, weapons, toys and even glue.

Time: 45 Minutes

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Medicine Walk (all ages)

This trail-walk introduces students to the medicines of First Nation peoples. From medication that gave relief to the common cold to bug repellent, Wanuskewin’s Opimihaw Valley has it all.

Time: 45 Minutes

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A Step Back in Time (all ages)

Take a step back in time and walk the same trails that First Nations people walked hundreds of years ago. Enjoy this interactive trail walk with an interpretive guide and have fun learning about the history of Northern Plains First Nation cultures, archaeology and Wanuskewin Heritage Park.

Time: 45 Minutes (shortened version), 1.5 Hours (medicine wheel)

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Traditional Games (all ages)

Come with your students to learn about how games played an important role in educating the young by cultivating physical skills and encouraging social development.

Time: 1 Hour

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Cultural Awareness (Pre-K- Grade 5,  can be adapted)

Students can learn about First Nations peoples and cultures through storytelling, dancing and hands-on activities. Students will learn Cree words and their meanings. This program discusses Plains First Nation worldviews and how they interacted with their environment.

Time: 45 Minutes

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Bison Jump (module) (grades 4-adult)

At Wanuskewin there are two bison jumps that were used regularly up until two hundred years ago. This program introduces students to the process that First Nations people used to bring the bison over the jump. The statues at the front of the building will be used as visual aids.

Time: 90 Minutes

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First Nations Technology: The Bow Drill (grades 3-12)

Students will learn how First Nation peoples started fire with just wood. Practice the basics of how to start a fire without matches while learning how friction, heat and machines made from local resources were used by Northern Plains peoples.

Time: 45 Minutes

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