With the increased inclusion of First Peoples’ content in the changing BC curriculum, there is a need to incorporate unappropriated First Peoples’ perspectives across the curriculum. The First Nations Education Steering Committee and the First Nations Schools Association, in collaboration with teachers and partners, have developed the following Learning First Peoples series of teacher resources to support English Language Arts, Science Social Studies and Mathematics courses.
The resources reflect the First Peoples Principles of Learning as well as the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, including the call to “integrate Indigenous Knowledge and teaching methods into classrooms” and “build student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect.”
Explore First Peoples’ worldviews through literature, founded on the First Peoples Principles of Learning. English First Peoples is recognized by BC universities and college for English entrance requirements.
Science First Peoples, for grades 5-9, offers information regarding how First Peoples perspectives in science can be recognized and included in science inquiry, as well as curriculum planning suggestions and fully developed units corresponding with the BC science curriculum.
Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation Teacher Resource Guides for grades 5 and grades 10-12 provide BC-focused, age-appropriate teaching materials as well as tips for introducing the topic in the classroom.
The teacher resource guide In Our Own Words, K-Gr. 3 Authentic Resources (2012) offers teachers information and guidance about how to incorporate authentic First Peoples materials into their instruction and assessment.
The Career Journeys Role Model Program materials are intended for elementary and secondary level students and include video interviews, a teacher resource book, a parent & student guide, and classroom posters.