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Legends of the Northern Sky

45 minutes – $5.25/student

Suitable for Grades: 2 and up

Embark on a journey with the Indigenous peoples of the western plains of Canada and share in their wisdom conveyed by the stars.

Alongside Ocek, the fisher, and his band of animal friends, audiences take a dangerous expedition south to retrieve summer and return it to the frozen north. To the Plains Cree, Ocek was forever running across the night sky, ensuring the arrival of summer after the cold, perilous winter.

Learn how the great bully, the giant bear Mista Maskwa, was finally tamed by a brave band of birds. This adventure is mapped in the stars as the birds chase Mista Maskwa every night, keeping us safe from his foul temperament.

In Legends of the Northern Sky, we learn a little bit more about the spirit that connects us all. 



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Grade 2 Social Studies

Cluster 1: Our Local Community; Cluster 2: Communities in Canada; Cluster 3 The Canadian Community

  • 2-KH-027 Recognize that First Nations and Inuit people are Canada’s original peoples.
  • 2-KH-026 Identify ways in which life in Canadian communities has changed over time.
  • 2-VI-006A Demonstrate interest in the shared experiences and stories of members of Aboriginal communities in Canada.
  • 2-KI-013 Recognize that Aboriginal, francophone, and other cultural communities are part of the Canadian community.
  • 2-KI-015 Recognize that a variety of languages are spoken in Canada.
  • 2-KI-011 Recognize the diversity that characterizes Canada. Examples: cultural, linguistic, geographic, artistic…
  • 2-KH-025 Relate stories of significant events and people in their local community’s past.
  • 2-KH-025A Relate stories of significant events and people in their local Aboriginal community.
  • 2-VH-008A Value personal connections to stories of their Aboriginal community’s past.
  • 2-KI-008 Recognize that stories of their elders, groups, and communities help shape who they are.
  • 2-KI-008A Recognize that their Elders, ancestors, and communities connect them to the past, present, and future.
  • 2-KI-006 Identify cultural groups in their local communities.
  • 2-KI-010A Identify their Aboriginal heritage and culture.


Grade 3 Social Studies

Cluster 1: Connecting with Canadians; Cluster 3: Communities of the World

  • 3-VP-011A Respect the teachings of Elders, leaders, parents, and community members.
  • 3-KL-017 Describe the influence of natural phenomena on ways of life in communities studied. Examples: climate, vegetation, natural resources, landforms, floods, droughts, storms…


Grade 4 Social Studies

Cluster 3: Living in Manitoba; Cluster 4: History of Manitoba; Cluster 5: Canada’s North

  • 4-KL-024 Give examples of Aboriginal peoples’ traditional relationships with the land.
  • 4-VL-006A Respect (Aboriginal peoples’) spiritual connection to the natural environment (land, water, sky).
  • 4-KI-007 Identify Aboriginal communities, cultures, and languages in Manitoba. Examples: Cree, Ojibway, Dakota, Michif, Oji-Cree, Dene…
  • 4-KI-007A Identify connections between their community and other Aboriginal communities in Manitoba.
  • 4-KI-009F Describe the influence of their cultural heritage on their francophone identity.
  • 4-KI-006 Give examples of diverse artistic and cultural achievements of Manitobans. Include: Aboriginal and francophone cultural achievements.
  • 4-KI-006A Give examples of Aboriginal artistic and cultural achievements and organizations in Manitoba.
  • 4-KI-011A Recognize that their identities are connected to the history of their Aboriginal community.
  • 4-KI-014 Give examples of Aboriginal languages, cultures, and communities in the northern territory studied.
  • 4-KH-036 Give examples of stories and traditions of the northern territory studied.


Grade 5 Social Studies

Cluster 1: First Peoples

  • 5-KI-004 Describe First Peoples’ stories of their origins, as well as current theories of migration to the North American continent. 
  • 5-KL-017 Describe practices and beliefs that reflected First Peoples’ connections with the land and the natural environment. 
  • 5-KH-024 Relate First Peoples’ stories of their pre-contact and early contact with Europeans.
  • 5-KE-050 Describe various ways in which First Peoples communities interacted with each other. Examples: trade, cooperation, conflicts…


Grade 6 Science

Cluster 4: Exploring the Solar System

  • 6-4-08 Recognize that the Sun is the centre of the solar system and it is the source of energy for all life on Earth. GLO: D6, E2, E4.
  • 6-4-12 Explain, using models and simulations, how the Earth’s rotation causes the cycle of day and night, and how the Earth’s tilt of axis and revolution cause the yearly cycle of seasons. GLO: A2, D6, E2, E4.
  • 6-4-15 Identify points of reference in the night sky and recognize that the apparent movement of celestial objects is regular, predictable, and related to the Earth’s rotation and revolution. Examples: planets, constellations… GLO: D6, E2, E3.
  • 6-4-16 Identify and describe how people from various cultures, past and present, apply astronomy in daily life. Examples: using celestial bodies to navigate; knowing when to plant crops… GLO: A4, A5, B1, B2.


Grade 8 Social Studies

Cluster 1: Understanding Societies Past and Present

  • 8-KI-010 Relate various stories and theories of the origin and development of human life. 
  • 8-KL-022 Give examples of the influence of the natural environment on the development of societies. 
  • 8-KH-027 Identify various sources of historical evidence and information and explain how each enhances understanding of the past. Include: archeology, artifacts, literature, art, music, biographies, journals, photographs, oral histories. 
  • 8-KH-028 Explain the importance of knowing the past and understanding history.


Grade 9 Science

Cluster 4: Exploring the Universe

  • S1-4-03 Investigate how various cultures used knowledge of the position and motion of visible celestial objects for navigation. GLO: A4, B1, B2, D6.
  • S1-4-04 Compare and contrast historical perspectives on the relationship between Earth and space. Include: geocentric model, heliocentric model. GLO: A2, A4, B2, E2.
  • S1-4-05 Explain the apparent motion of the Sun, stars, planets, and the Moon as seen from Earth. Include: daily rising and setting, seasonal constellations, retrograde motion. GLO: D4, D6, E2.
  • S1-4-07 Compare and contrast scientific and cultural perspectives on the origin and evolution of the universe. GLO: A1, A2, A4, D6.


Grade 9 Social Studies

Cluster 1: Diversity and Pluralism in Canada

  • 9-VI-005A Be willing to support the vitality of their First Nations, Inuit, or Métis languages and cultures.
  • 9-KP-043 Give examples of diverse approaches to conflict resolution.
  • 9-KI-017 Give examples of ways in which First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples are rediscovering their cultures.
  • 9-VI-004 Be willing to consider diverse social and cultural perspectives.