First Peoples Principles of Learning & Resources

Decorative: A thumbnail of the full poster; click image for hot link

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:

  • Math First Peoples ("[D]designed to help teachers ... extend their existing practice to incorporate new approaches")
  • 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."

B. First Peoples Principles of 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."