Teachers’ Resources

Link to resources that celebrate inclusivity and diversity with children —short films, activities, games, crafts, and more, and most are free. Keywords are highlighted in blue, and new resources, including LOCAL resources, will be added as they become available.

Add your voice! If you have something you would like to share — a story about your experience as a new Canadian, a culturally-specific craft, game or recipe, a performance, song, dance or poem about diversity and acceptance, or a link to an existing online resource — please check out the Celebrating Diversity page on this site for more information.


Free films and videos

Kee May Ip’s short video names all of the first Chinese businesses in downtown Owen Sound and shows their locations. LOCAL
https://vimeo.com/543807242

Canada’s Halifax Museum of Immigration, Pier 21, offers digital storytelling videos in which newcomers to Canada share their experiences of being an immigrant. At this link, you can also find out how to tune into digital storytelling workshops.
https://pier21.ca/digital-storytelling

Five short films from The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) help kids understand experiences other than their own. Stories include one about a refugee from a war-torn Beirut, a Canadian girl from Hong Kong whose father must work far away, a new Canadian who is celebrating Diwali and missing her grandmother, a young Chinese woman who is cooking in her father’s restaurant, and a young man who is forced to leave China to support his family.
cbc.ca/parents/learning/view/5-films-to-teach-kids-about-diversity

The NFB also shares films that explore cultural diversity from many vantage points and for many ages.
nfb.ca/subjects/cultural-diversity-and-multiculturalism/ and https://www.nfb.ca/playlist/anti-racism-films
Diversity playlists for teachers.
https://www.nfb.ca/education/educational-playlists/
Short films about the variety of Indigenous lives and experiences in Canada
https://www.nfb.ca/education/educational-playlists/#indigenous-voices-and-reconciliation
And films about Black Canadians.
https://www.nfb.ca/channels/black-communities-canada-education/?ed_en=feature_1

The Canadian Museum of Human Rights offers short videos such as this one about a refugee from Somalia who became a Halifax firefighter
https://humanrights.ca/story/from-refugee-to-firefighter

The National Film Board has a large playlist of shorts and feature films centred on Indigenous voices and reconciliation.
https://www.nfb.ca/education/educational-playlists/#indigenous-voices-and-reconciliation

National Geographic Kids shares videos about people, places and biodiversity around the world.
https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/videos/try-this/

TEDed has an array of free video shorts for kids about biodiversity.
https://ed.ted.com/earth-school


Free classroom posters and tool kits

Access Grey Roots Museum & Archives for exhibits and educational resources. Local
https://greyroots.com/education-programs

CBC has great Indigenous kids’ resources with activities, games and lots of fun information.https://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc2/explore/indigenous

Canada’s Classroom Connections has free downloadable resources for learning about diversity, peace, immigrant experiences, history, and citizenship in both English and French versions.
https://www.classroomconnections.ca/k-12.html

Equitas Canada provides activities and games, designed for various grade levels, that encourage the development of an environment that fosters inclusion, respect and cooperation in your elementary-school classroom.
https://equitas.org/tools-for-education/play-it-fair-toolkit/

Orange Shirt Day commemorates the Indigenous residential school experience, honours the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and promotes reconciliation resources for a range of grade levels.
http://www.orangeshirtday.org/teacher-resources.html

Free and printable colouring pages of art by Indigenous Canadians.
http://www.supercoloring.com/coloring-pages/arts-culture/canadian-aboriginal-art

Find a free and printable child-friendly illustrated poster that lists the United Nations Convention rights of a child, in English, French and Spanish versions.
https://plan-international.org/child-friendly-poster-convention-rights-child

Print and share these colourful, downloadable classroom diversity posters.
https://www.tolerance.org/classroom-resources/one-world-posters


Storytelling

An immigrant tells 10 fun facts about Canada that she learned after she moved here.
https://multiculturalkidblogs.com/2017/09/25/fun-facts-about-canada/

Tune into digital storytelling workshops offered by Pier 21.
https://pier21.ca/digital-storytelling


Books for teaching and learning about diversity

Check out these books from Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library. LOCAL
Picture books about being differently abled:
Exploring Disability – Picture Books
— Children’s middle-grade chapter books about being differently abled:
— Kids’ non-fiction books about being differently abled:
http://greybruceoneworldfestival.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Books-on-Disability-for-Children-Non-Fiction-2.pdf
Picture books about Indigenous kids:
Highlighting Indigenous Stories – Picture Books
Indigenous chapter books for middle grades:
Highlighting Indigenous Stories – Middle Grade Chapter Books
— Kids’ non-fiction books about Indigenous life:
Highlighting Indigenous Stories – Non-Fiction Books for Children

Books — featuring stories about Indigenous children and kids from around the world, multicultural foods for kids to make, feeling different but learning to belong, and including interviews with their authors and illustrators — are listed here.
cbcdiversity.com/

Muskrat Magazine recommends kids’ books centred on Indigenous themes.
http://muskratmagazine.com/must-read-indigenous-childrens-books-list/

GoodMinds recommends these books featuring Frist Nations, Métis and Inuit stories’
https://goodminds.com/ebooks-list

Share kids’ books featuring children of colour exploring and enjoying the outdoors.
theatlantic.com/family/archive/2019/05/the-lack-of-diversity-in-childrens-books-about-nature/590152/

ETFO’s The Power of Story links the experience of Canadian girls and women to the kindergarten-through-Grade 8 curriculum.
https://books.google.ca/books/about/The_Power_of_Story.html?id=fD9mwQEACAAJ&redir_esc=y

CBC recommends 10 books about the Indigenous experience to read with children.
https://www.cbc.ca/parents/learning/view/10-beautiful-indigenous-childrens-books-to-add-to-your-library

Centennial College’s Indigenous Education offers a free eTextbooks in a unique format that includes videos, podcasts, interactive tools, and more.
https://www.centennialcollege.ca/indigenous-education/our-stories-first-peoples-in-canada/

Link to books featuring LGBTQ2S+ kids and families.
https://www.welcomingschools.org/resources/books/lgbtq-inclusive-schools/

Find tips and title suggestions for kids’ diversity reads here
https://www.kidscanpress.com/search-books?keywords=diversity
and here.
http://teach4diversity.ca/multicultural-childrens-literature/


Information and activities for and about Indigenous Canadians

Orange Shirt Day commemorates the Indigenous residential school experience, honours the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and promotes reconciliation resources for a range of grade levels.
http://www.orangeshirtday.org/teacher-resources.html

The Government of Canada has lots of Indigenous-Canadian resources, including a “fun zone for kids loaded with information, games, stories and classroom resources for teachers.”
canada.ca/en/services/culture/canadian-identity-society/indigenous-peoples-cultures.html

Canada’s National Indigenous Peoples Day has posters, banners and a downloadable kids’ activities guide that’s filled with games, crafts and even a recipe for bannock bread.
https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1100100013251/1534874002459

Check out these books from Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library. LOCAL
Picture books about Indigenous kids:
Highlighting Indigenous Stories – Picture Books
Indigenous chapter books for middle grades:
Highlighting Indigenous Stories – Middle Grade Chapter Books
— Kids’ non-fiction books about Indigenous life:
Highlighting Indigenous Stories – Non-Fiction Books for Children

The Southern First Nations Newwork of Care outlines and illustrates  the Seven Teachings that serve as guiding principles for many Indigenous peoples.
https://www.southernnetwork.org/site/seven-teachings

Free and printable colouring pages of art by Indigenous Canadians.
http://www.supercoloring.com/coloring-pages/arts-culture/canadian-aboriginal-art

The Government of Nunavut shares a printable Valentine’s Day card in English and Cree (find other northern Indigenous–language resources here, too).
https://www.ece.gov.nt.ca/sites/ece/files/resources/024-love_you_cree_en_press.pdf

Centennial College’s Indigenous Education offers a free eTextbooks in a unique format that includes videos, podcasts, interactive tools, and more.
https://www.centennialcollege.ca/indigenous-education/our-stories-first-peoples-in-canada/

Manitoba’s Live&Learn offers short bios of notable Indigenous people.
https://livelearn.ca/article/about-canada/notable-indigenous-people-in-recent-history/

Muskrat Magazine recommends kids’ books centred on Indigenous themes.
http://muskratmagazine.com/must-read-indigenous-childrens-books-list/


Multiculturalism of settlers

The Government of Canda hosts a Teachers’ Corner with games and resources to teach about citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism and make learning fun.
https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/canadians/celebrate-being-canadian/teachers-corner.html

Find out about Jewish history in Owen Sound. LOCAL
https://ontariojewisharchives.org/exhibits/osjc/communities/owensound/earlycommunity/population.html

Kee May Ip’s short video names all of the first Chinese businesses in downtown Owen Sound and shows their locations. LOCAL
https://vimeo.com/543807242

Lesson plans, films and recommended books and places to visit to learn about Black Canadian history are provided by the Black History Society.
https://teachingafricancanadianhistory.weebly.com/about-fundi-education.html

The Canadian Multicultural Education Foundation has developed resources for teaching recent immigrant children from South Sudan, Pakistan, Central Africa and more.
https://www.cmef.ca/resources/connections/

British Columbia Teachers’ Federation provides a free printable illustrated story about a refugee girl from Iraq, who journeys to Canada with her family.
https://bctf.ca/uploadedFiles/Public/SocialJustice/Issues/PAGE/nasrinsjourneyprimary.pdf

Learn and teach traditional games from around the world.
https://kidactivities.net/diversity-games-and-school-ideas/

Find lesson plans, downloadable images and documents — and even first-person accounts via an audio gallery — telling the history of how Chinese immigrants to Canada built the the CPR.
https://www.mhso.ca/tiesthatbind/LearningResources.php

Explore Japanese-Canadian history in Canada.
https://japanesecanadianhistory.net/

What is racial discrimination? Find out what it meant in Canada for Black Canadians.
 https://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc2/the-feed/racial-segregation-happened-in-canada

Learn more about Asian heritage in Canada, and find learning resources, activities and games.
https://etfo.ca/BuildingAJustSociety/EquityResources/AsianHeritageMonthDocuments/BrochureAsianHeritage.pdf

See the sheet music and learn the words for Canada’s anthem — in English and French.
http://www.nationalanthems.info/ca.htm

Watch and listen to a performance of Our Place, the official anthem of Franco-Ontarians.
https://www.viefrancaisecapitale.ca/culture/our_songs-eng

Learn about Franco-Ontarian Day.
https://www.ontario.ca/page/franco-ontarian-history


LGBTQ2S+

British Columbia Teachers’ Federation offers LGBTQ2S+ resources for kindergarten to Grade 5.
https://bctf.ca/uploadedFiles/Public/SocialJustice/Issues/LGBTQ/LGBTQ%20Resources%20for%20K-12%20Students.pdf

Discover books featuring LGBTQ2S+ kids and families.
https://www.welcomingschools.org/resources/books/lgbtq-inclusive-schools/


Language and communication

Tune in to radio stations around the world broadcasting in their local languages!
http://radio.garden/visit/udon-thani/v9uXvCQV
or choose from virtual drives through the streets of famous cities while you listen to local radio stations broadcasting music and conversations in their language.
https://driveandlisten.herokuapp.com/

Print and share a Valentine’s Day card in English and Cree.
https://www.ece.gov.nt.ca/sites/ece/files/resources/024-love_you_cree_en_press.pdf

Spanish Plus Me shares games, songs and words for kids.
https://www.spanishplusme.com/spanish-for-toddlers

Learn to sign basic words and phrases with ASL.
https://kidcourses.com/sign-language-asl

Braille Bug buzzes with fun learning games.
https://braillebug.org/documents/Braille-Trail-Activity-Book.pdf

Learn how different languages gave Harry Potter characters their names.
https://www.etymologynerd.com/uploads/1/5/8/8/15888322/harry_potter.png

Explore the diversity of Canada and the English alphabet by learning about words that range from “Acadians” to “Zoology”.
http://www.canadiangeographic.com/atlas/glossary.aspx?alpha=p&id=242&lang=En


Special holidays and celebrations

See a list on the Special Days & Celebrations on this website.

Canada’s National Indigenous Peoples Day has posters, banners and a downloadable kids’ activities guide that’s filled with games, crafts and even a recipe for bannock bread.
https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1100100013251/1534874002459

Owl Kids shares stories about special holidays and celebrations, games, puzzles, activities, crafts, recipes and book reviews.
https://www.owlkids.com/blogs/

Learn some fun facts about the Jewish celebration of Purim.
https://alldonemonkey.com/2019/03/08/10-fun-facts-for-kids-about-purim-2/

May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada. Find information and activities, including a free poster to print and colour.
https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/asian-heritage-month.html
To help you celebrate, learn more about Asian heritage in Canada, and find learning resources, activities and games.
https://etfo.ca/BuildingAJustSociety/EquityResources/AsianHeritageMonthDocuments/BrochureAsianHeritage.pdf

Print and share a Valentine’s Day card in English and Cree.
https://www.ece.gov.nt.ca/sites/ece/files/resources/024-love_you_cree_en_press.pdf

See this short National Film Board of Canada film about a new Canadian who is celebrating Diwali and missing her grandmother.
cbc.ca/parents/learning/view/5-films-to-teach-kids-about-diversity


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