Indigenous Poets

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Lesson Introduction: 

Reconciliation cannot take place before awareness, and the feelings of commonality and connection. Reading poetry by Indigenous poets, such as Liz Howard and Alootook Ipellie, we can grow in our awareness of the lives and issues faced by various First Nations, Metis and Inuit groups.

Through these lessons, students will become familiar with different Indigenous poets, the issues they face due to colonization, and their resistance.


Learning Objectives: 
  • Become familiar and develop an interest in Indigenous poets and their poetry
  • Become familiar with different First Nations, Metis and Inuit groups ie. geographical location, customs, spirituality
  • Identify a variety of issues faced by our First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples
  • Develop an understanding of the interconnectedness of all beings expressed by various Indigenous poets
  • Develop an understanding for the need for Indigenous sovereignty and self-governance
Materials and Resources: 

Irene Zhang’s recitation of Full Metal Oji-Cree

Interview of Joshua Whitehead

  • Liz Howard’s “1992
  • Jordan Abel’s poem “Injun
  • Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm’s “Sturgeon” 
  • Lee Maracle’s “War
  • Print out Appendix A and B
  • highlighters,
  • various writing materials (pens, pencils)
  • technology ie. iPad, laptops


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