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First Nations Farming in Saskatchewan

Program Information

Students will explore First Nations agricultural successes and obstacles. As part of the in-Museum Discovery Box program, students will examine the 1879 Indian Act, a copy of Treaty 6, and the permit and pass systems. The in-classroom lesson plans divide students into groups to debate government policy and lead them through research into the File Hills Colony project.

Grades and Curriculum Connections

Grade: Native Studies 30

Themes: Agriculture, Power and Authority, First Nations, Treaty Education

Historical Thinking Concepts: Establish Historical Significance, Use Primary Source Evidence

*All curriculum links are to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education Curriculum Online

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In-Museum Discovery Box Program

This teacher-led Discovery Box contains models, photos, a copy of Treaty 6, a map of Treaty and reserve areas in Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan grown grains, a replica permit, a replica pass, and more.

Cost: In-museum Discovery Box programs are
$3.00 / student. Pre-booking is required.

Location: This program is available at all WDM locations.

Dates: Please contact the WDM near you.


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Contact a WDM.

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In-Classroom Lesson Plans and Resources 

Three complete in-classroom lesson plans (with material lists, Saskatchewan 'Fast Facts', and additional resources) available FREE in school libraries as part of the Saskatchewan 1905-2005 Guide for Teachers resources book and online.

Download Lesson Plans in English or Lesson Plans in Cree.

Get Adobe ReaderLesson Plans are PDF format and require Adobe Reader to view.

Note: Hard copies of the Saskatchewan 1905-2005 Guide for Teachers are available for $32.95 at any WDM location.


Research Documents and Resources

Get Adobe ReaderResearch Documents are in PDF format and require Adobe Reader to view.