On March 10, 2020, Musée Héritage Museum staff were invited to the St. Albert Public School District Office to view a MASSIVE map showing the territories of Indigenous Peoples across Canada.
The map is produced by the The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (http://www.canadiangeographic.com/educational_products/ipac_floor_map.asp) and was set up in the Joan Trettler Heritage Room the public schools district office. The border of the map provides a long timeline of events highlighting Canadian history that relates to the Aboriginal people who have lived on the land for thousands of years.
We were contacted by Linda Wilson, a Grade 1 teacher at Keenooshayo Elementary School, to come view the map. Linda has been a long-time supporter of our educational programming and brings her students to the museum, or invites our programmers into her classroom, to build on the learning happening in her classroom.
When we walked into the room, we were blown away by just how big the map actually was! It was so large that it covered the entire floor of the room, and even had to extend partway up one of the walls. Made of very tough material, we were able to walk all over the map, which was really interesting. It’s not very often that you get a bird’s eye view of a map like that.
There were between 30 and 40 Grade 1 students in the room when we arrived, and Linda invited us to jump in and do an impromptu program with the kids. We guided them around the map, pointed out some interesting features, and had a short discussion with them about Indigenous Peoples in Canada as well as some of the migratory animals that live in Canada.
Thanks very much to St. Albert Public Schools and Linda Wilson for having us. We had a great time!
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