Early Aboriginal Life

Facility: Kortright Centre for Conservation
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Program Levels:
Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Course Types:
Afternoon, Day Visit, Full Day, Morning

This program is based on the daily life of the Huron people, some of whom lived in a village, 400 years ago on what is now the Kortright property. Our pathways follow the same route as the Carrying Place Trail, so students actually are walking in the footprints of the early explorers and native inhabitants that traveled this historic site.

Curriculum Connections:
History; 7A – Grade 7: New France and British North America 1713 – 1800
Social Studies; Heritage and Identity – Grade 2: Changing Family and Community Traditions,
Grade 3: Communities in Canada 1780 – 1850,
Grade 5: First Nations and Europeans in New France and Early Canada,
Grade 6: Communities in Canada Past and Present

Using a short slide show and authentic artifiacts, we discuss the daily life in an aboriginal village including their social structure and their life as hunters, gatherers and farmers. Along the woodland trails, we will identify plants and other natural resources that were used for food, medicine, toolds and other household items. Students will learn the availabilty/scarcity of certaini resources during a “”shopping trip”” for items that the Huron would use on a daily basis. Walking along the Humber Valley, we will consider the best sight for locating a village, and gain a better understanding of the relationship between the aboriginal people and their physical environment. Students will try their hand at daily chores such as grinding corn and using a drill bow to light a fire.

Full Day Program: Allows more time to be spent on some of the above mentioned activities, plus several interactive aboriginal games will be played along with some other additional activities.

Programs always have an outdoor component. Groups should dress for the conditions on the day of their visit. Before your visit, please discuss the importance of dressing appropriately for outdoor activities. On days of inclement weather the program will be modified to include some indoor activities along with the outdoor components.

Half Day, Full Day, All Year