Indigenous Perspectives

Glenbow Ranch provides in school and field trip programs for Elementary Schools, and custom programs for higher grades. Programs include: Discover Archaeology, Explore Grasslands, and Explore Pond Program. 


Keep Cool - Edmonton (Gr. 3-6): A Mission for Climate, Energy, & Transportation

Keep Cool - Calgary (Gr. 3-6): A Mission for Climate, Energy, & Transportation

H2Whoa! (Gr. 2-6): A Mission for Water

All programs are easy to use, you just need to play the videos! Includes weekly 60-90 minute lessons in the classroom combined with at-home superhero missions.

See also: Planet Protector Academy Home Edition for parents!


Elements Society provides virtual and in-person school programs related to sustainability and waste. The newest program EcoCooks is an in-person, science-based environmental cooking program for Calgary classrooms that addresses how food choices impact the health of our planet.

With water testing kits available in English and French, teachers can order a kit or request a sponsored kit and potentially receive it for free! Students in Grades 4-12 explore their local water and learn about drinking water quality issues and solutions, giving them results regarding their local drinking water and other water samples. 

There are three different programs with kits:

Operation Water Drop (OWD): Enables students to test their local drinking water.

Operation Water Pollution (OWD): Students build a filtration system and test it. 

Operation Water Biology (OWB): Teaches about biological water treatment and includes hands-on activities about ammonia, iron, chlorine & chloramine. 

Many programs are based on a series of lesson plans and are free! Programs include Operation Community Water Footprint, Operation Water Health, Operation Water Spirit, and Operation Water Flow. Operation Water Spirit and Operation Water Health are available in Cree

EcoSchools Actions: Community Science

Elementary and High School Operation Water Drop Kits: Have your students test your local drinking water and other water samples, compare their results to the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality, and engage them in citizen science by entering their results into the Operation Water Drop Test Results Submission Website.


Common Ground is a documentary-drama that depicts an interaction between an Aboriginal Hunter and an Alberta Fish and Wildlife Officer. Featuring commentary from traditional Aboriginal Hunters and leadership from Alberta’s Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Branch, Common Ground explores their historical and contemporary relationship - and the common ground they stand on. 

This video may serve as an entry-way into discussions surrounding wildlife conservation and Aboriginal hunters' and Fish and Wildlife Officers' shared goal of conserving Alberta's wildlife. 

For generations, the relationship between Aboriginal people and the rest of Canada has been damaged. Can water be the common ground that begins to reconcile this relationship?

We think so. Watch the films. Teach the Curriculum. Begin the dialogue.

The Sacred Relationship free documentary online

Lesson plans for Grade 5 & 6 Science and Social Studies

Explore this example of an Action Project that your class/school can take, by Dr. E.W. Coffin School in the Brentwood Community of Calgary. Students of the school created signs with their own artwork and wording in order to communicate the importance of the special nature area around their school to others. With support from the Calgary Foundation Neighbour Grants, the school is looking to address the 26 existing signs that provide information on native plants, animals, and inform residents of the biodiversity in the area through an Indigenous lens. The second phase of the project involves the creation of a permanent Land Acknowledgement sign.