Source: British Columbia Ministry of Education
Focus: Grade 12 Native Studies
Summary: This Integrated Resource Package (IRP) provides basic information teachers will require in order to implement British Columbia First Nations Studies 12. It focuses on the diversity, depth, and integrity of the cultures of British Columbia’s Aboriginal peoples. In emphasizing the languages, cultures, and history of First Nations peoples, the course addresses an important part of the history of British Columbia. Designed to introduce authentic Aboriginal content into the senior secondary curriculum with the support of Aboriginal peoples, the course provides an opportunity for British Columbia students to acquire knowledge and understanding of the traditions, history, and present realities of British Columbia Aboriginal peoples, as well as a chance to consider future challenges and opportunities.
British Columbia First Nations Studies 12 addresses the richness and diversity of First Nations languages and cultures by exploring them within their own unique contexts. It is intended to provide a conceptual foundation for all learners to develop an appreciation and respect for the similarities among and differences between the diverse cultures of the world. As such, it will help to promote understanding of First Nations peoples among all students. A curriculum that concentrates on Aboriginal content can lead to enlightened discussion of Aboriginal issues and can also contribute to Aboriginal students’ sense of place and belonging in the public school system.