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Indigenous Education K-12


"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

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.

UBC Education Departments

Native Indian Teacher Education Program (NITEP)
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. NITEP Library borrower Guide.

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.

The New B.C. Curriculum

"Many years ago, classroom resources had few references to Aboriginal people or, if they did, it was often superficial or incorrect. As curriculum processes evolved, resources began to include some information about Aboriginal people but not how Aboriginal perspectives and understandings help us learn about the world and how they have contributed to a stronger society. Now, with the education transformation, the province is attempting to embed Aboriginal perspectives into all parts of the curriculum in a meaningful and authentic manner." (The new BC Curriculum for Aboriginal Education).

Find out more about the new B.C. curriculum, including how some school districts are implementing these changes:
The new BC Curriculum for Aboriginal Education
Abbotsford School District Curriculum Transformation

Explore Aboriginal learning in British Columbia:
BC Ministry of Education Aboriginal Education Resources

Search the curriculum for Indigenous content:
Search "First Peoples" in the new curriculum

Search the new BC Curric for First Peoples

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

2016 FNESC Authentic First Peoples Resources

2016 FNESC Resource List 
This guide, from the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) is intended to "help BC educators introduce resources that reflect First Peoples knowledge and perspectives into classrooms in respective ways. The inclusion of authentic First Peoples content into classrooms supports all students in developing an understanding of the significant place of First Peoples within the historical and contemporary fabric of this province and provides culturally relevant materials for Indigenous learners in British Columbia."

The guide features:

- 176 titles, described and indexed
- Curriculum themes mapped to each title
- Evaluation criteria for addtional resources

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 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 Indigenous culture, language, and history.