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First Farmers*

Curriculum Target Grades: 8 & 10 

Suitable for Grades: 5-12

This interactive program explores some of the many ways that Indigenous farmers fed their communities hundreds of years ago. Discover how diverse peoples from the Ancestral Puebloans to the Hidatsa used their knowledge of the land to face environmental challenges, with a special focus on farming sites in Manitoba and how we know what we know about these historic farmers. For grade 10 students, this program also looks at how traditional agriculture can help to foster sustainability and strong communities.  

* This program will be available to book from November 2020.


Curriculum Connections

Grade 8

  • KI-011: Identify the characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of a hunter-gatherer way of life.
  • KI-012: Describe the development of agrarian societies and explain how they differed from hunter-gatherer societies.
  • KI-008: Give reasons why societies may stay the same or change over time.
  • KI-009: Describe ways in which societies organize, maintain, and perpetuate themselves.
  • KL-022: Give examples of the influence of the natural environment on the development of societies.
  • KH-027: Identify various sources of historical evidence and information and explain how each enhances understanding of the past.
  • KH-028: Explain the importance of knowing the past and understanding history.

Grade 10

  • S2-VL-005: Respect the Earth as a complex environment in which humans have important responsibilities.
  • S-103: Promote actions that reflect principles of sustainability.
  • KI-004: Identify Aboriginal perspectives and rights regarding natural resources and their use.
  • KH-033: Identify factors that influence the changing use of natural resources over time.
  • VI-003: Be willing to consider diverse views regarding the use of natural resources.
  • KL-021: Identify physical conditions required to produce major food crops.
  • KL-023: Describe the impact of various agricultural practices on the physical environment.
  • KE-043: Identify the changing nature of farming on the prairies and describe the social and economic implications for communities.
  • S-304: Analyze physical material and evidence during research.
  • KL-022: Explain ways in which natural and human-caused phenomena affect food production.


Email [email protected] or call 204-988-0626 for more information and to discuss options for your class, group, or family.