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Fur Trade: First Contact from the North

Program Information

Students will learn about the early fur trade, including the positive and negative impacts that the fur trade had on First Nations people. An in-museum Discovery Box program features hands-on artifacts, including a beaver pelt, brain and smoke tanned hide, a 'Made Beaver' token, trade beads, and porcupine quills. In-classroom lesson-plans explores the impact of the fur trade on First Nation groups and the current debate over trapping.

Grades and Curriculum Connections

Grade 9 Social Studies IN9.3, RW9.2
Native Studies 10
Native Studies 30

Themes: First Nations, Fur Trade, Métis

Historical Thinking Concepts: Establish Historical Significance, Understand Ethical Dimensions of History

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

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In-Museum Discovery Box Program

Fur trade history brought alive by furs, replica HBC token, tobacco twist, and photographsThis teacher-led Discovery Box contains artifacts, photos, and maps which promote experiential learning.

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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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, Lesson Plans in French, 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

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