Click image above for full poster from First Nations Education Steering Committee.
A. Learning First People's Classroom Resources (web page) includes a number of useful materials such as the following:
- Science First Peoples ("[O]ffers information regarding how First Peoples perspectives in science can be recognized and included in science inquiry")
- English First Peoples ("Explore First Peoples’ worldviews through literature, founded on the First Peoples Principles of Learning")
- Math First Peoples ("[D]designed to help teachers ... extend their existing practice to incorporate new approaches")
- Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation Resources ("[T]eaching materials as well as tips for introducing the topic in the classroom")
- Though often aimed at an elementary or secondary audience, there is much that can be usefully adapted for use at the university level.
b. A useful frame is the "First People Principles of Learning" (poster),which reflects a respectful and holistic approach to teaching and learning."
- "Learning ultimately supports the well-being of the self, the family, the community, the land, the spirits, and the ancestors."
- "Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational (focused on connectedness, on reciprocal relationships, and a sense of place)."
- "Learning involves recognizing the consequences of one's actions."
- "Learning involves generational roles and responsibilities."
- "Learning recognizes the role of indigenous knowledge."
- "Learning is embedded in memory, history, and story."
- "Learning involves patience and time."
- "Learning requires exploration of one's identity."
- "Learning involves recognizing that some knowledge is sacred and only shared with permission and/or in certain situations."