Interested in weaving Aboriginal Ways of Knowing into your learning environment? Find useful information, resources, & possible learning opportunities embedded within the Aboriginal Education section of SD62 Virtual Learning Commons.
An introduction and explanation can be found here:
Aboriginal ways of knowing, principles of learning, content, and world views are intrinsic features of a meaningful, relevant, and socially aware education for all students. They engender the core competencies that BCs new curriculum focuses on in order for students to engage in deep learning and life-long learning (Ministry of Education, curriculum.gov.bc.ca/competencies).
ABORIGINAL WORLDVIEWS & PERSPECTIVES IN THE CLASSROOM
(BC Ministry of Education)
This guide outlines and expresses a wealth of ideas and constructs for leadership, Indigenous pedagogical practices, Aboriginal perspectives and content, and a vision for decolonizing mindsets.
TRADITIONAL TERRITORY ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS – SD62
Territory Acknowledgements honour and show respect to the nations who have lived, worked, and played here from time immemorial.
Depending on your location, one of four Traditional Territory Acknowledgements should be used. The Territory Acknowledgement wording was gifted from the nations SD62 works with, and can be accessed through the Aboriginal Education Classroom Program Assistant or Aboriginal Education Teacher at your school.
*Posters of the Territory Acknowledgment, Map, and Douglas Treaty are posted in all Westshore schools.
Na’tsa’maht – ABORIGINAL ENHANCEMENT AGREEMENT
2016 to 2021
Na’tsa’maht, our Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement outlines the 5 year commitment between SD62, local Aboriginal communities/partner groups, and the Ministry of Education to work together to support all student.
The agreement includes the two goals & suggests strategies and resources for implementation.
2016-2021 Na’sa’maht Enhancement Agreement:
FIRST PEOPLES PRINCIPLES OF LEARNING
The nine principles are guiding pedagogies that honour the Aboriginal ways of knowing and support holistic, connected, and meaningful education for all students.
ROLE MODEL PROGRAM – SD62
In SD62, we are fortunate to be able to invite Aboriginal knowledge keepers into our learning environment to support the integration of First Peoples perspectives, worldviews and content.
Please see your school’s Role Model Binder for details!
ABORIGINAL EDUCATION RESOURCE BINS
We are pleased to announce that they are over 70 resource bins available to lend out to teachers.
Please contact the Aboriginal Education staff member at your school or Marlys Denny for details. Bin Titles and Content Lists can be found here:
COAST SALISH 13 MOONS
Possible Ways to use the Coast Salish 13 Moons in your school.
The print resource can be found in your school’s library.
The online Race Rocks version includes suggested discussion & connection questions for the moons, with some modification of the book content.
BCTF Aboriginal Education publication
Provides a chronological, historical record of the First Nations people in British Columbia
Ally Bill of Responsibilities – Document
Dr. Lynn Gehl, Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe
Indigenous Ally Toolkit – Pamphlet
There are multiple terms a person can use when identifying the role that they actively play within anti-oppressive work. Neither is better than the other and regardless of what you call yourself, each role plays an important part in this kind of work. Many want to be an ally, which is why this pamphlet focuses on that term. However, being an ally is not a self-appointed identity and requires you to show your understanding through actions, relations, and recognition by the community.
FIRST PEOPLES CULTURAL COUNCIL Website
The First Peoples Cultural Council is a First Nations-run Crown Corporation with a mandate to support the revitalization of Aboriginal language, arts and culture in British Columbia. We provide funding and resources to
communities, monitor the status of First Nations languages and develop
policy recommendations for First Nations leadership and government.