English First Peoples (EFP) is an exciting addition to the high school curriculum that offers students of all backgrounds the opportunity to explore First Peoples’ worldviews through literature, founded on the First Peoples Principles of Learning.
The courses have been developed in a unique, collaborative way by First Nations educators and the BC Ministry of Education. They are a direct result of the First Nations education jurisdiction agreements reached in BC and FNESC has facilitated the course development from the very beginning.
We encourage parents, teachers and students to ask for English First Peoples Courses to be added to course calendars and to raise awareness that EFP 12 is equivalent to English 12 for BC post-secondary entrance requirements.
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New! English First Peoples Gr. 10-12 Teacher Resource Guide, (2018)
The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) has prepared this 2018 English First Peoples 10, 11, and 12 Teacher Resource Guide to provide support for the 2016-18 revision of British Columbia’s English First Peoples 10-12 curriculum. This guide amalgamates and replaces two previous FNESC resource guides: the English First Peoples 12 Teacher Resource Guide (2008) and the English First Peoples 10 and 11 Teacher Resource Guide (2010). It includes new material that reflects changes to the curriculum, more recently published First Peoples literature, and evolving educational practice.
The guide has the following goals:
- to contribute to reconciliation for all by building greater understanding of the skills, knowledge, and perspectives of First Peoples for all students
- to ensure the inclusion of First Peoples knowledge and perspectives is done respectfully and without appropriating First Peoples knowledge
- to encourage and support the respectful development of local teaching and learning resources
- to provide support for the implementation of the BC English First Peoples 10-12 provincially prescribed curriculum
FNESC would like to thank all those dedicated educators contributed to the development of this document, including reviewers and pilot teachers, along with the original EFP Advisory Committee members.
English First Peoples Teacher Resource Guides, Gr. 10/11 and 12
English First Peoples 10/11 and English First Peoples 12 are unique courses, based on the study of texts representing authentic First Peoples voices and incorporating the First Peoples Principles of Learning in the curriculum content and pedagogy. Compared to standard English courses, they place increased emphasis on the study and command of oral language and on First Peoples oral traditions and recognizes the value of First Peoples worldviews and the importance of culture in language and communications.
English First Peoples 12 is designed to satisfy the grade 12 English Language Arts graduation program requirement in British Columbia and to satisfy the entrance requirements for a full range of post-secondary educational programs.