As their class trip to the capital of Ottawa approaches, Kita Shalhevet students have been learning about the history of the country they live in, and the importance of the First Nation peoples who inhabited this land before them.

Aboriginal Studies and Open MuseumThe projects that have emerged from these studies follow a large array of the native communities and their art, culture, and history.

The majority of this work has been independently based and stems solely from the desires and curiosity of the students to learn more about the First Nations of Canada.

Below are some writing samples by Shalhevet students detailing their learning process and the topics they covered.


Museum of Aboriginal Peoples
Written by Leah, age 11, grade 5, Kita Shalhevet

We, the upper el students had an open museum for Magen David(Lower El), and Rimon(Middle School). We
were all supposed to choose a Canadian history project that we could show everyone. So, when we all finished our projects we had Middle School and Lower El come to visit. We organized our projects in a straight line from the beginning to the end and everyone who came loved it. Here are the steps to creating our projects:
1. We chose a topic
2. We made an art piece
3. We wrote about it
4. We put the project out for display

We all loved working on Canadian History!

Aboriginal Peoples of Canada Projects
Written by Jacob Switzer, age 12, grade 6, Kita Shalhevet

As part of the 2016 curriculum, Kita Shalhevet is doing a segment on Canadian history in preparation for their trip to Ottawa. Several children have prepared projects about Aboriginal Canadians.

a) The tribes that have been worked on were the people of the northwest coast, including:
Coat Salish, Nootka,Kwakiutl,Haisla, Bella-Bella/Heiltsuk, Owekeeno, Nuxalk/Bella-Coola, Haida, Tsimshiam, Nisga’a, Gitxsan .   and Tlingit.

Aboriginal Studies and Open Museum             Aboriginal Studies and Open Museum

All of the children created a model of a village or a form of Aboriginal clothing, religion, or decoration.                                                   The kids then wrote a museum-style piece on their model and chosen tribe.

b) The next groups of students worked on the people of the plateau.
They included the Lillooet,Okanagan,Shuswap,Thompson,Kootenay and Kinbasket.

People of the Plateau

People of the Plateau







c) The projects after this were on the Nakoda, Blackfoot, Blood, Gros Ventre, Peigan, Plains Cree,   Sarcee.The children worked very hard on these projects and also worked onAboriginal Studies and Open MuseumThe Inuit. Mi’kmaaqs, Iroquois, and Moccasins (home-made Native shoes).

Aboriginal Studies and Open Museum


Please see all the projects in the link hereafter.