Traditional Ecological Knowledge:

Teachings on sustainability from Canada's First Peoples

Lesson objectives:

By the end of this lesson I will:

1) Have a definition of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK).

2) Know how TEK influences environmental decisions in Canada.

I will be able to:

1) Explain the explain the message of a traditional quote.

2) Explain what this quote personally means to me.

Which image represents your idea of a First Nations individual?

What do we know/think we know about First Nations?

We are going to use a strategy called Paired Verbal Fluency to explore our knowledge and perceptions of First Nations people.

When you hear of the terms First Nations, Native Canadians, Aboriginals, or American Indian - what images and stereotypes come to mind?

  • One person will be A, the other will be B
  • Take turns discussing the topic using the question below as a prompt
  • Do not repeat anything already said

500 Years of FNMI History in 2 Minutes

8th Fire Wab Kinew 500 years in 2 minutes

Wab Kinew Addresses Myths Canadians Have on the FNMI Population


Reality is First Nations are a disadvantage population in Canada

This group deals with:

-being isolated from Canadian society.

-high rate of poverty and unemployment.

-poor high school graduation rates.

-higher than average suicide rate.

-substance abuse issues.

Aboriginal Issues in Canada

Canada's First Nations

There are over 630 nations recognized by the Canadian Government, and over 30 distinctly different languages spoken, many with different dialects. Many of these languages are endangered!

What is Traditional Ecological Knowledge?


TEK is a body of knowledge, passed down through generations through art, story and music, that speaks of the harmonious relationship between living beings (humans included) and the environment.

What Lessons Do First Nations Have To Teach Us?

Scattered throughout the Grand Hall are 9 lessons First Nations wish for us to know.

In groups of 2-3, you will complete your worksheet on the 9 lessons. Be prepared to be an "expert" on one of the quotes and share the meaning with the class.

Example of Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Great Bear Rainforest BC

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Logging companies, Government officials, environmental groups and First Nations leaders, have established what the boundaries are for a protected piece of rainforest in British Columbia. Traditional knowledge was used to determine how much forest was needed to sustain wildlife.