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The Alberta Government website presents online multimedia learning materials directly related to the Alberta curriculum. The material is free of charge to Alberta teachers, students, and parents. Passwords can be obtained from your local jurisdiction.
This article discusses how to coach kids in good decision making.
This research paper on decision making addresses the importance of students’ decision making, value of decision making skills training, and decision making myths.
Wikipedia provides information on functions and purpose of government, types of government, origins of government, positive and negative aspects of government.
This PBS Kids interactive site explores different aspects of government in a town. Note: This is an American site using local, state and federal government examples, however there is merit in using this site with teacher guidance.
For background information on Athenian democracy, see
This site has information about the Native Peoples of the Great Lakes Region.
Read the complete text of the Gayanashagowa—the Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
The Haudenosaunee Great Law of Peace website is currently under construction, but check back as it should be completed soon.
This wampum fact sheet answers the question ‘What is wampum?’
This BBC guide has an entry on the role of women in Iroquois culture.
See illustrations and descriptions of wampum belts.
Read the text of interviews with Cayuga Chief Jake Thomas in which he discusses the following:
For information about the Great Law of Peace and the U.S. Constitution, see
Emergence of the Chief is a sculpture at Concordia University’s Loyola campus, which sits on Mohawk land. This site has background information on the creation of the sculpture and on the Iroquois Confederacy nations.
Background information about the First Nations in the Great Lakes region can be found at the Great Lakes Information Network site.
The Neighbours of the Onondaga Nation website has information on Two Row Wampum treaty, the Haudenosaunee, and the Great Law of Peace.
This Wikipedia page includes history, beliefs, features of the Confederacy, member nations, modern population, Haudenosaunee clans, government, as well as links.
See historical background and information about Hiawatha’s Belt at Six Nations of the Grand River.
Clans of the Six Nations has a summary of clan characteristics and rights and duties of clan membership, as well as the role of the Clan Mother.
Read about the role of the Iroquois Chiefs and the women within a clan at Proud to be Iroquois.
At the Charter of Rights website, sections include inside the charter, a virtual charter, history, impact, and your rights.
Background and content information about the Magna Carta is available from Wikipedia.
See information about the Great Peace of Montreal, including sections on wars, the prelude to peace, the entente, the aftermath, and specific signatories.
View maps and information about the pre- and post-Confederation Numbered Treaties.
Learn more about the Numbered Treaties, which recognize the rights of First Nations peoples. (Note: students might need some guidance in navigating this site)
The website of L’Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta has information about the ACFA, including special programs, organization, and projects.
Read about the development of the ACFA from 1955 to 2000.
Since 1928, the Métis Nation of Alberta has advocated on behalf of and met the needs and aspirations of Métis people in Alberta.
The website of the Edmonton Joint Planning Committee on Housing includes community plans, success stories, research and information about homelessness, and newsletters.
This article discusses how elementary school children can impact their communities through activism.
This introduction to the Young Activists Network includes ideas on youth participation, community projects, the use of technology, storytelling, and recognition of participants.
Information about specific municipalities is available at the Alberta Municipal Affairs website.
The Treaty 8 First Nations site includes a map of the Treaty lands and biographical information about the Grand Chief.
For specific information and statistics about all of Canada’s individual Aboriginal Communities, see Aboriginal Communities: First Nations, Inuit, and Métis.
Wikipedia has information about Alberta’s municipality types, their cumulative populations and references, alphabetical demographic tables which include the seat of local government and population figures, maps, and external links.
Read about Blackfoot Crossing, the site of the signing of Treaty Number 7 and a national Heritage Site.
See an alphabetical listing of First Nations in Alberta, including populations and Reserves, links, and references
Alberta Municipal Affairs provides a wealth of information on local and municipal government in Alberta, including
Building Communities Through Local Government is a teacher and student resource developed by Alberta Municipal Affairs. It includes a teaching and learning resource, poster, student trading cards and a CD with PDF files of the resources, tools for assessment, and website visuals. Templates and forms for a Student Participation Committee election are provided.
Teachers and students can explore local government, land use issues, architecture, citizenship, and social responsibility at Calgary’s City Hall School.
Edmonton’s City Hall School is week-long program that offers students the opportunity to interact with civic administration and politicians.
The Government of Alberta site has information about government programs and services, MLA contacts and biographies, a telephone directory, and provincial government news.
Service Alberta has information about many subjects, including government ministries, the Legislative Assembly, protocol office, and the Speech from the Throne.
The Legislative Assembly of Alberta site has news and information about bills, legislation, Alberta MLAs, Hansard, and live audio of proceedings.
Wikipedia has a listing of current MLAs, plus a seating plan and photos of the Legislature.
Read about the position of Lieutenant Governor of Alberta—its history, duties, and symbols.