ceremonies

Grades 3-5 Lesson 1: Respecting Our Water

Grades 3-5 Lesson 1: Respecting Our Water

“In order to respect the water we have to respect the land. The land is a natural filtration system for our water. We don’t take care of the land, the water becomes sick.” - Unknown
Students will be exposed to the protocol for approaching an Elder while learning the importance of respecting the water and land.

Grades 3-5 Lesson 2: Ceremonial Uses for Water

Grades 3-5 Lesson 2: Ceremonial Uses for Water

Keep in mind the protocol for approaching the Elder. Offer tobacco and a honourarium for their time to come in and speak. Let them know what you want them to speak about prior to having them come into the classroom (one day or so). Let him or her know that for younger grades they may require less time as their attention span is not as high as grade 4 and 5 (teacher can gauge/decide this).

K-2 Lesson 3: Ceremonial Uses of Water

K-2 Lesson 3: Ceremonial Uses of Water

“Water is what sustains us. Water is what brings us into this world, and water is what keeps us in this physical world. And so it’s our life.” - Jan Longboat
To help students understand how and why water was and is used in First Nations ceremonies. Specific ceremonies that will be looked at are the women’s water ceremony, fasting, sweat lodge, and giving thanks.

Grade Eleven Thematic Unit: Fasting and Sweat Lodge Ceremony Information

Grade Eleven Thematic Unit: Fasting and Sweat Lodge Ceremony Information

Fasting is a ceremony that has been practiced in many First Nation communities for thousands of years. In the past, the Elders of a community would provide the ceremonial setting and guide the faster in their quest to find their direction in life