First Nations

Education Programs

F U L L Y  B O O K E D  Every Child Matters: Orange Shirt Day (Grades 1 to 5)

Dates: September 30, 2019
Times: 10:30 a.m.
Duration: 60 minutes
Class Size: maximum 30 students per class; maximum of two classes (total 60 students)*. BOOK ONLINE

Commemorate the survivors of the Residential School System with an auditorium presentation including Elder participation.  All students receive an Orange Shirt Day T-shirt.  Brought to you by the Traditional Knowledge Keepers Program, sponsored by the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation.  Additional funding by the Lorne and Evelyn Johnson Foundation, SaskCulture and Sask Lotteries.

Morning Presentation: Short Film and Life Speaker Tim Poitras
Students will view the short film Little Moccasins which follows present day elementary school children as they honor and give voice to First Nations children that died and were buried in unmarked graves at the now abandoned Dunbow Residential School near Calgary, AB.

Tim Poitras is a Life Speaker, Residential School Survivor and Knowledge Keeper from the Muscowpetung First Nation. His journey through life after residential school has led him to a place of educating youth and communities through ceremony. Over the last 40 years Tim has been an advocate of Indigenous culture and education, tirelessly working to better the lives of youth and community members across Turtle Island.


F U L L Y  B O O K E D  Every Child Matters: Orange Shirt Day (Grades 6 to 12)

Dates: September 30, 2019
Times: 1:15 p.m.
Duration: 60 minutes
Class Size: maximum 30 students per class; maximum of two classes (total 60 students)*. BOOK ONLINE

Commemorate the survivors of the Residential School System with an auditorium presentation including Elder participation.  All students receive an Orange Shirt Day T-shirt.  Brought to you by the Traditional Knowledge Keepers Program, sponsored by the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation.  Additional funding by the Lorne and Evelyn Johnson Foundation, SaskCulture and Sask Lotteries.

Afternoon Presentation:  Speaker and Music Artist Brad Bellegarde (Grade 6-12)

Future 40 Award Winner and Neechie Gear Role Model, Brad Bellegarde aka InfoRed has been a featured artist at events such as Aboriginal Music Week in Winnipeg, MB, APTN’s Aboriginal Day Live and Vancouver’s Olympic Games celebrations.  Brad is a proud Nakota/Cree member of the Little Black Bear First Nation who calls Regina, SK home. A true believer that education is the new Buffalo, his work in schools gave him a unique opportunity to present his methods of education at the VIII International Conference of Intercultural Education in Indigenous Contexts in Temuco, Chile.  In 2012, InfoRed performed for His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during their Royal visit.

First Nations Storytelling (All Grades)

Dates: TBA – January/February/March 2020
Times: TBA
Duration: 60 minutes
Class Size: maximum 30 students per class

Family Life (Grades K to 2)

Dates: October to mid-May
Times: 9:45 am and 1:15 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 and 1:15 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 and 1:15 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.