ABORIGINAL EDUCATION RESOURCES



THE FIRST PEOPLES PRINCIPLES OF LEARNING

The First Peoples Principles of Learning are affirmed within First Peoples communities and are being reflected in the development of all K-12 curriculum and assessment. First identified in relation to English 12 First Peoples, the First Peoples Principles of Learning generally reflect First Peoples pedagogy.  The term “First Peoples” includes First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Canada, as well as indigenous peoples around the world.


ABORIGINAL WORLDVIEWS AND PERSPECTIVES IN THE CLASSROOM

Inspired by Scott Benwell and Kaleb Child from School District 85 (Vancouver Island North), this project is a call to action for educators and leadership to create and enhance learning environments to serve each learner, family and community. Aboriginal voice is dominant in this resource guide and reflects the opinions of community members.

This resource guide aligns with the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the newly revised curriculum emphasizing relevant, authentic inclusion of content regarding Aboriginal culture, language and history. The resource guide supports educators and provides context as they incorporate the First Peoples Principles of Learning into their learning environments.

The resource guide also aligns with the work currently happening around the province through Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreements and networks of educators such as the Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network.

This resource supports educators to gain further understanding about reconciliation.

This PowerPoint presentation was created as a training template to support educators in BC through professional development workshops and to supplement the resource booklet.

This short video highlights educators from around the province speaking about the importance of including Aboriginal education throughout the education system.

LEARNING RESOURCES

The Ministry of Education partnered with School District No. 79 (Cowichan Valley) on a project to create K-12 multimedia resources that integrates Aboriginal content into curriculum. The ACI project features a website of lesson plans initially focusing on core curricular areas in Grades 7, 8 and 9.

This Planning Guide and Framework is designed to help educators and Aboriginal communities work in partnership to develop learning resources that reflect and honour the cultures and history of the Aboriginal peoples.

This resource guide was developed as a tool for integrating Aboriginal content into all subject areas from kindergarten through Grade 10. Purchasing information is available from Crown Publications reference Product No. 7530879221.

This map is designed to illustrate the rich diversity of the First Nations peoples of British Columbia.

The First Peoples’ Language Map of British Columbia is a geographic depiction of the First Nations languages of B.C. It is an excellent tool for teaching students about the wealth and diversity of the Indigenous languages and cultures in this Province.

Maps can be ordered through the First Peoples' Heritage, Language and Culture Council.

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ABORIGINAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM DOCUMENTS

Where applicable, purchasing information is available from Crown Publications

Social Studies

  • BC First Nations Studies 12

BC First Nations Studies 12 (BCFNS12) documents the history and cultures of First Nations and Métis people in British Columbia from before the arrival of the Europeans to the present.

Curriculum Document (Integrated Resource Package)

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Curriculum Document (Integrated Resource Package)/French
Teachers Guide
Student Text

English First Peoples

English First Peoples (EFP) curriculum offers students of all backgrounds the opportunity to explore First Peoples’ worldviews through literature.  EFP12 is one of three provincial courses available for students to satisfy the Grade 12 English Language Arts graduation program requirement in British Columbia.

  • English 10 & 11 First Peoples

Curriculum Document (Integrated Resource Package)

Teacher Resource Guide (PDF, 6.46MB) and additional supporting information and materials developed by the First Nations Education Steering Committee for EFP 10 and 11 are available at the following website: http://www.fnesc.ca/efp/efp10_11.php

  • English 12 First Peoples

Curriculum Document (Integrated Resource Package)

Teacher Resource Guide (PDF, 1.59MB) and additional supporting information and materials developed by the First Nations Education Steering Committee for EFP 12 are available at the following website: http://www.fnesc.ca/efp/efp12.php

Approved First Nations Languages

More information can be found at the Ministry of Education's curriculum website.

RESEARCH

Various research projects comissioned by, or for, the Aboriginal Education Enhancements Branch, Ministry of Education.

USEFUL LINKS

Links to Aboriginal education partners and other organizations that may be of interest. Also listed is Aboriginal scholarship, bursary and award information.