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Indigenous Education K-12


Indigenous Education


This introduction to K-12 Indigenous education includes search strategies for finding books and articles as well as curriculum resources and lesson plans.

Indigenous Education

"Although there are two distinct aspects to Aboriginal Education (i.e., education of Aboriginal students and education about Aboriginal peoples in BC and Canada), there is remarkable overlap between what is involved in achieving success with respect to each." 
from Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives in the Classroom: Moving Forward p. 12

UBC Departments

Native Indian Teacher Education Program
There is a shortage of Aboriginal teachers in BC, and an increasing number of Aboriginal people desire to become teachers. NITEP was designed to meet these particular needs.

UBC Faculty of Education
Graduate, Undergraduate and Professional Development Programs

UBC Teacher Education Office
The Teacher Education Office (TEO) administers and implements the Bachelor of Education (BEd), diplomas and certificates, and teacher updating.

New Reconciliation Curriculum Resources

Reconciliation Resources

"The Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation Teacher Resource Guides for grades 5, 10 and 11/12 were developed by the First Nations Education Steering Committee and the First Nations Schools Association. They are our response to the call by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada for education bodies to develop age-appropriate educational materials about Indian Residential Schools.

It is our hope that these resources will help students of all cultural backgrounds gain an understanding of the history of the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people over Canada’s history, with a focus on the BC experience.  The materials are also designed to engage young people to take part in the journey of reconciliation." FNESC

New! - AFN Toolkit

2016 FNESC Authentic First Peoples Resources

NEW! 2016 Resource List from FNESC

- 176 titles
- Evaluation criteria available
- Items are described and indexed
- Curriculum themes are mapped to each title

Shared Learnings

Shared Learnings: Integrating BC Aboriginal Content K-10 is a teacher's guide for integrating Aboriginal content into the BC curriculum in ways that reflect Aboriginal concepts of teaching and learning. It includes content specific to grades, grade clusters, and subject areas in addition to sample lessons plans, recommended resources, and instructional strategies.

View the full document online

Find the print copy at Xwi7xwa: ET B758 S33 2006

Aborginal Worldviews and Perspectives in the Classroom

Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives in the Classroom: Moving Forward is a new, online resource guide developed to help educators gain further understanding about reconciliation. It aligns with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action and the revised British Columbia curriculum, emphasizing relevant, authentic inclusion of content regarding Aboriginal culture, language and history.

Published by the British Columbia Ministry of Education, Aboriginal voice is dominant in this guide and it reflects the opinions of community members.

Indigenous Top Ten

#NativeReads: Native American Heritage Month 2016

#NativeReads: New Guide for Native American Heritage Month 2016

The First Nations Development Institute partnered with Dr. Debbie Reese (Nambé Pueblo) to assemble the Native American Children's Literature Recommended Reading List and an accompanying discussion guide for each book on the list. The five books are essential reading for young ones in Head Start and preschool, to elementary and middle schoolers. For high school students there is a Native comic book. The reading list is full of wonderful, culturally authentic stories and cover art.