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Discover the latest Esri Canada K-12 ArcGIS Online resources

Explore our latest K-12 ArcGIS Online resources covering topics in math, Indigenous history and introductory GIS for cross-curricular learning. Integrate them into your teaching this year.

Happy New Year! Check out our freshest K-12 ArcGIS Online resources that you can use in your teaching today! Explore our complete list of resources, including tutorials, lessons, galleries and activities at Watch our short video on our different resource types. In ArcGIS Online, access our content (data, maps and story maps) with the search term “ArcCanada.”

Indigenous Resources


A series of four activities have been created about Indigenous history and issues:

Turtle Island Activity
This activity is an introduction to Indigenous issues and points of view surrounding land in Canada.  It briefly compares traditional Indigenous views of the land with those of the European settlers, and the history of treaties in Canada. It also reviews the populations of the Indigenous People living in Canada as of 2016.

Residential Schools Activity
This activity investigates the history of residential schools in Canada from a spatial perspective.

Reserves and Land Claims Activity
This activity investigates the history of the creation of First Nations reserves, land claims, and Indian Land from a spatial perspective.

The Kanesatake Resistance
This activity investigates the events of the Kanesatake Resistance/Oka Crisis with emphasis on the land use and spatial aspects of the case study.

Indigenous Data and Maps

  • Percent Population of Indigenous People Living in Canada in 2016
  • Percent Population of First Nations People Living in Canada in 2016
  • Percent Population of Inuit People Living in Canada 2016
  • Percent Population of Metis People by Province and Territory, Canada 2016

Web map: Percent Population of Indigenous People Living in Canada in 2016.

Introduction to ArcGIS Online Resource

Discover ArcGIS Online
This tutorial explores the basics of using ArcGIS Online through visuals and minimal text.

Math Activities

Measuring Irregular Shapes, D=vT, & C=2πr: The Canadian Grand Prix Activity
This activity uses the Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to have students practice D=vT, measuring irregular shapes, and C=2πr.

Measuring Area and Perimeter: the West Edmonton Mall Activity
This activity uses an aerial photograph of the West Edmonton Mall, in Alberta, to allow students to determine the area and perimeter of the mall, and to consider the benefits and effects of other shape permutations.

Try a math activity on Measuring Irregular Shapes, D=vT, & C=2πr: The Canadian Grand Prix Activity.

How To GIS Gallery
This gallery includes "How To" story maps created by Esri. Learn how to create heat maps, change symbology, use bivariate maps and much more!

Are you a K-12 teacher looking for an ArcGIS Online account to get started? You can request one online at for yourself and your students.

Discover how teachers across Canada are using GIS in their teaching and for student learning.

About the Author

Angela Alexander is a K-12 Education Specialist in the Esri Canada Education and Research group. She has over 15 years of experience working with educators across Canada. Angela focuses on producing geographic information system (GIS) and curriculum-specific resources, and conducting and creating custom workshops for educators. She manages the GIS Ambassador Program and is the Technical Chair for the annual Skills Ontario GIS competition. Angela also writes monthly posts for the Esri Canada Education and Research blog, highlighting K-12 educators and partners, new ArcGIS resources and GIS-related events.

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