~Dedicated to Ewan Cassidy~


In Their Moccasins is a serious game with quizzes and narrative branching (choose your own adventure style) elements. It is designed to build capacity for empathy for Indigenous students’ lived realities. Many Canadians want to think of Indigenous issues as a thing of the past (forget), yet the horrors of colonization continue to have an impact Indigenous students display a great deal of resilience in navigating their day to day lives; However, we need to move away from placing the expectation of resilience on the individual, and towards societal change. That starts with education. This game, designed by Indigenous students, will be a helpful tool for educators and folx looking to build their Indigenous knowledges skill set.

How to navigate this resource

This “PressBook” is about the process of creating a story. The actual story is in H5P. You will have the option to get there by entering a character’s “room” and following the link at the bottom of the page.

For example, click here to get to Marla’s “room,” then scroll down and click “Start Course” to read her story.



In this resource you can read through a fictionalized character’s story and make decisions or participate in quizzes. Each character participates in the same final chapter, which you can access at the end of their story. You can toggle back to change your decisions or answer questions differently, and you can go back and see what would have happened if you made a different choice.

Afterwards you can play through as a different character. Feel free to experiment, and there’s no need to fear mistakes. There are no right answers, but in some instances there are more or less helpful choices.


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Kinship Carries Power (2021) by Kaya Joan



This project is made possible with funding by the Government of Ontario and through
eCampusOntario’s support of the Virtual Learning Strategy. To learn more about the Virtual
Learning Strategy visit:

This resource includes Indigenous Traditional Knowledge which is not meant to be taken or used out of context.

This work is licensed under an Ontario Commons License – Non-Commercial, No Derivatives. VLS Project ID RYER-822


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