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First Peoples: PDP resources


The BC curriculum emphasizes First Peoples' Principles of Learning. See the FPPL blog for more on how you might incorporate the principles into your classroom.

Finding materials

Search the Library Catalogue and limit by Location: "Curriculum Collection"

  • Try keywords like First Nations OR Aboriginal OR Indigenous 
  • See First Nations terminology for more keywords and subject headings.

Explore the teaching tools and resources suggested by the BC Ministry of Education.

Use the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada maps to identify First Nations in your geographic area. 

Use the Learning Ground database to access books, articles, conference papers and reports on Indigenous education from international publishers.

Shifting names: the spelling of a Nation or community's name may shift over time. A local example is the Skwxwu7mesh / Squamish Nation.​

Books in the Curriculum Collection

Graphic novels

To search the library catalogue for graphic novels by and about First Peoples, combine keywords that relate to First Peoples and keywords for graphic novels. For example, try searching:

  • First Nations AND Comic books
  • Indigenous AND Graphic novels

Here are a few graphic novels in our collection to get you started...

Lesson plans & teacher guides

Browse these websites for more lesson ideas:

Streaming video & DVDs

Browse films by the National Film Board:

Photos & images

Evaluating resources

Authentic First Peoples resources
Useful for finding recent, recommended titles. Includes an index with the evaluation criteria used to put the guide together. 

American Indians in Children's Literature 
A long-standing blog that is handy for evaluations, especially for current titles.

How to Tell the Difference 
Set of criteria for evaluating children's books with Indigenous materials.

Indigenous Education K-12 
Research guide for finding Indigenous curriculum materials.

Need help?

If you need help, please contact Deborah Hemming, Librarian for the Faculty of Education at 778.782.7419 or or Ask a librarian.

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