Honouring First Nations in the Music Classroom

Virtual Workshop for Teachers with Sherryl Sewepagaham (Cree-Dene) and Samantha Whelan Kotkas
Sherryl Sewepagaham and Samantha Whelan Kotkas
Indigenous arts Music Workshops


Ages 18+

Offered in English only

Appropriation, Resources, and Approaching Community

Join the cross-cultural teaching artist duo Samantha Whelan Kotkas and Sherryl Sewepagaham (Cree-Dene) as they guide through an introduction to honouring First Nations perspectives in the music classroom. Sherryl and Samantha will guide you through several lesson plans you can facilitate for your students so they will gain a better understanding of Indigenous music and culture. Their cross-cultural approach will help you make Indigenous music and culture more accessible for your students in your classroom. They will answer many of your questions about the correct protocols to follow when introducing this subject to your students and lead you to educationally rich resources you are welcome to use.

See Resources section for lesson plans and activties.

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Learning and engagement at Canada’s National Arts Centre is made possible through the support of many generous individuals and organizations from across the country. The Music Alive Program is made possible thanks to the leadership support of National Partner, The Azrieli Foundation, and Major Supporters, The Slaight Family Foundation and TD Bank Group. Thank you also to Grant and Alice Burton, Canada Life, A Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Ottawa, Friends of the NAC Orchestra, Donors to the NAC Foundation's Future Fund, The Janice and Earle O’Born Fund for Artistic Excellence, and the donors and sponsors of the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust, the primary resource for youth and education funding at the National Arts Centre.