First Nations

Education Programs

Storytelling with Elder Hazel (All Grades)

Grades K to 3  •  January 20 morning
Grades 4 to 8  •  January 20 afternoon
Grades 1 to 8  •  January 27 morning

Duration: approximately 45 minutes
Class Size: maximum 30 students per class
February is Aboriginal Storytelling Month. For two days only, Elder Hazel Dixon will be telling a series traditional Indigenous stories and legends that celebrate culture, history and life. Space is limited. BOOK ONLINE

Family Life (Grades K to 2)

Dates: October to mid-May
Times: 9:45 am, 10:45 am, 1:15 pm and 2:15 pm
Duration: approximately 45 minutes
Class Size: maximum 30 students per class; maximum of two classes (total 60 students)*
Students learn about life in a Plains Cree family long ago. They will learn about oral storytelling and hear the story "How the Turtle Got Its Shell." Classes will be split into two. One group will listen to the story while the other visits the winter and summer camp dioramas in the First Nations Gallery; then they switch. The importance of cooperation for survival is the central theme of the program. BOOK ONLINE

Living on the Land (Grades 3 to 5)

Dates: October to mid-May
Times: 9:45 am, 10:45 am, 1:15 pm and 2:15 pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Class Size: maximum 30 students per class; maximum of two classes (total 60 students)*
Including elements from our former Changing Times program, students examine how First Nations people lived on the land for thousands of years before European contact. They will discuss changes to hunting and gathering practices based on environmental changes through time and the responsibilities of men and women within the community.  The discussion will conclude with a brief look at the relevance of the First Nations relationship with the land through the social and political changes of the fur trade, loss of the buffalo, treaty-making and into our lives today.  A Teacher Supervised Visit to the First Nations Gallery, including the We Are All Treaty People exhibit, is highly recommended at the conclusion of the program. BOOK ONLINE

PILOT: We Are All Treaty People (Grades 5 to 8)

Dates: November 4, 2019 – March 27, 2020
Times: 9:45 am, 10:45 am, 1:15 pm and 2:15 pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Class Size: maximum 30 students per class; maximum of two classes (total 60 students)*. BOOK ONLINE

An escape room inspired program, the class works together to solve puzzles leading to a discussion about treaty promises and provisions.  The treaty relationship, historical context and spirit and intent are also highlighted.  Students will have the opportunity to view the Paskwa Pictograph, the only known written treaty document from a First Nations perspective. A Teacher Supervised Visit to the First Nations Gallery is highly recommended at the conclusion of the program. BOOK ONLINE.  

Teacher Supervised Visits

See our Teacher Supervised Visit section for guidelines on visiting the Royal Saskatchewan Museum on your own, without a program.  Find self-use gallery worksheets in both English and French available for download.

*Planning Your Class Visit

A single class is a group of 30 students, maximum. The 30 students will be split into two groups of 15.

Example: A single class of 30 students, two groups of 15 students. Total program time: 40 to 60 minutes.

   Group A  Group B
 20 to 30 minutes  Classroom Presentation  Guided Gallery Visit
 20 to 30 minutes  Guided Gallery Visit  Classroom Presentation

Our education programs do accommodate more than one class, up to two classes of 30 students each, for a maximum of 60 students. Just be prepared to a lot more time for your students to complete the education program.

Example: Two classes of 30 students, four groups of 15 students. Total program time: 80 to 120 minutes.

   Group A  Group B  Group C  Group D

 20 to 30
 minutes

 Classroom
 Presentation

 Guided Gallery Visit

 Teacher Supervised
 Visit and/or Paleo Pit

 Teacher Supervised
 Visit and/or Paleo Pit

 20 to 30
 minutes

 Guided Gallery Visit

 Classroom
 Presentation

 Teacher Supervised
 Visit and/or Paleo Pit

 Teacher Supervised
 Visit and/or Paleo Pit

 20 to 30
 minutes

Teacher Supervised
 Visit and/or Paleo Pit

 Teacher Supervised
 Visit and/or Paleo Pit

 Guided Gallery Visit

 Classroom
 Presentation

 20 to 30
 minutes

 Teacher Supervised
 Visit and/or Paleo Pit

 Teacher Supervised
 Visit and/or Paleo Pit

 Classroom
 Presentation

 Guided Gallery Visit

Booking

To book a program fill out the online booking request.  Each request is time stamped and handled in the order they are received.