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HOW TO APPROACH ABORIGINAL INFUSION IN THE CLASSROOM
Welcome to the start/continuation of your journey on how to infuse Aboriginal Knowledge and Perspectives in the Classroom! This is a great place to begin as we describe how to use the resources provided on this website and how to approach Aboriginal Education in the classroom regardless of what subject you teach. As Aboriginal Department Heads, we are actively involved in this journey as well and our ideas and the resources listed here are not meant to be infallible nor comprehensive.
We welcome any feedback as to how to make this document as user friendly as possible and we would love for you to share your own resources and success stories with us!
1. When thinking about incorporating Aboriginal knowledge and perspectives, in any class,
it may be helpful to think about whether it will require teaching it explicitly (directly
mentioning it) or including it in your class more implicitly. You don’t always need to do both.
2. Get acquainted with the First Peoples Seven Principals of Learning. (See the Library Learning
Commons for a poster for your classroom), or download it here. Here’s an example of how
to include one of these principles in your classroom:
Learning involves patience and time: Time in the Western World is often viewed as
something to be numerated, or delineated into sections, whereas time for
Aboriginals was viewed as something to be given. So you might approach
planning a lesson that is more concerned with this Aboriginal concept of time.
This concept of time could be taught directly to your students or just integrated
within the fabric of your lesson plan/your own philosophy of education.
3. The Core Competency: “Positive Personal and Cultural Identity” is part of the new
curriculum specifically because of consultation with Aboriginal Peoples in BC. Therefore
anytime you are addressing this core competency you are incorporating Aboriginal
knowledge and perspectives.
1. Terminology: Although different Indigenous peoples’ might prefer different terminology, a good rule of thumb is as follows: Indigenous Peoples/Aboriginal/First Peoples are the broadest general terms used. Within that label there are three Aboriginal People groups: First Nations, Métis and Inuit.
2. Avoid generalizations: It’s not ONLY Indigenous perspectives that view the world a certain way. For example, may other cultures and individuals have a symbiotic and appreciative relationship with nature. Also please be aware that Indigenous perspectives are NOT even close to being the same across Canada. Include the word “some” into your sentences: Some Aboriginals believe this…etc.
3. Incorporate modern perspectives of contemporary Aboriginals into your lessons as well as focusing on positive narratives of strength.
4. Use Physical Space to your advantage. Example: incorporate circular seating and then could also have a short conversation on Aboriginal sharing circles or consensus circles if desired.
5. If you feel unsure talk to the Aboriginal department heads, your colleagues, and Aboriginal support worker. We can also provide help/advice in booking someone for a guest speaker/field trip.
First Nations Steering Committee Guide
Specifically designed for teachers looking for resources, a comprehensive list of resources including videos, lessons, articles, and guides is available. Find it here.
Indigenous Peoples Media
Educational Films on the History & Culture of Native American, First Nations & Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous Peoples Media is excited to announce that many of the films we distribute on Native American & First Nations history and culture are now available in streaming video format. Streaming videos can be purchased with 1 year, 3 year or perpetual licenses. Site link is here.
First Nations Steering Committee
Established in 1992, the First Nations Education Steering Committee works to advance quality education for all First Nations students in British Columbia and to support communities in their efforts to improve the success of First Nations students. Find it here.
AW Room Resources
Find a wide variety of resources to help unit and lesson building. Books are located in the Aboriginal Support Worker’s room and are available for school staff to borrow. Please sign-out any books you wish to borrow. A current list of resources can be found here.
A teacher guide developed in recognition of the need for classroom materials that can help all teachers provide students with knowledge of, and opportunities to share experiences with BC Aboriginal peoples. A resource to help teachers bring this knowledge into the classroom in a way that is accurate, and that reflects the Aboriginal concepts of teaching and learning. Includes instructional strategies across all curriculum areas, including physical education. Find it here.
Ministry of Ed Aboriginal Education Resources
Recognizing that our students are our future, Aboriginal Education seeks to:
Improve the success of these students
Support all students learning about Aboriginal peoples
Help teachers in their efforts to bring Aboriginal knowledge into their teaching practice
Find it here.
Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives in the Classroom
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. Find it here.