Indigenous Language Families in Quebec
In grades 3 and 4, you learn about the Iroquoian and Algonquian language families around 1500 and 1745. In grade 5 or 6, you learn about the Inuit and Mi’kmaq Nations around 1980.
In this activity, you will learn more about these language families and the 11 Indigenous Nations with communities in Quebec. You will research which language(s) are spoken by members of each Nation, which language family members of the Nation self-identify with, and make connections between the historical time periods you learn about in class and the present day.
This activity supports students in drawing connections between the past and present. Students will access resources created by or in collaboration with the 11 Indigenous Nations with communities in Quebec. Students will explore these resources to learn more about each Nation.
You can make a copy of this activity and adjust it to suit your context. Please note that the first page of the document is for teachers. Students can work on this activity independently or in small groups. We have provided a link to this resource Padlet with sites that may be useful. It is good practice to view the Padlet before using it with students. Depending on your students and the amount of time you have to allocate to this activity, you may want to select specific links from the Padlet for students to access.
Don’t hesitate to contact us with comments or concerns about this activity or the Padlet resources.