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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

Elementary and middle school lesson plans 

Indigenous Education lesson plans list -- Education Library at UBC
Contains links to lesson plans. Topics include Indigenous Languages, Science, and Residential Schools.

Practical teaching strategies for the elementary classroom -- Ontario Ministry of Education
This webpage has teaching strategies for download. Subjects include Language Arts, Social Studies, and History.

Secondary school lesson plans

Indigenous Education lesson plans list -- Education Library at UBC
Links to lesson plans. Topics include Indigenous Languages, Science, Math, and Residential Schools.

Practical teaching strategies for the secondary classroom -- Ontario Ministry of Education
This page contains teaching strategies that can be downloaded. Subjects include Business, Economics, English, Geography, History, and Law.

Full Circle: First Nations, Metis, Inuit Ways of Knowing -- Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation
There is a video and lessons are in a downloadable PDF on the webpage. Subjects include Civics, History, Social Sciences, English, Geography, Business, and Science.

K-12 lesson plans

TeachBC catalogue
This resource contains English language lesson plans related to Aboriginal Education. Topics include Cultural Appropriation, Aboriginal Oral Traditions, Climate Justice, and Aboriginal perspectives on Gender.

Infusing Indigenous perspectives in K-12 teaching -- OISE Library at University of Toronto
This page contains teaching strategies that can be downloaded. Subjects include Business, Economics, English, Geography, History, and Law.

Sample lesson plans -- LearnAlberta.ca
Majority of the sample lesson plans are for Grade 1-9 on subjects like English, Fine Arts, Social Studies, and Science. These can be found on the top tabs of the webpage. There is also a section on High School lessons and the subjects include Art, English, Science, and Social Studies. 

Teaching resources-- Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
This resource contains links to lesson plans and activities for ages 4-16. Topics include First Nations Reserves, Elders, Residential Schools, and Self-Government.

Learning First Peoples classroom resources -- BC First Nations Education Steering Committee
The steering committee and other partners created resources to support teachers in incorporating unappropriated Indigenous perspectives in their courses. Subjects include English, Science, and Math.

Indigenous Education K-12 : Lesson plans & pedagogies --  Xwi7xwa Library at UBC 
Contains links to lesson plans, activities, and more. Additionally, Xwi7xwa Library created specific subject area lesson plan guides for Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Arts

Residential School lesson plans & resources

Indian Residential Schools and reconciliation resources -- BC First Nations Education Steering Committee
Lesson Plans and activity worksheets on Residential Schools for students in Grade 5 and 10-12.

We were so far away: The Inuit experience of Residential Schools -- Legacy of Hope Foundation
This online guide outlines activities for students (12 years and above) on the Inuit and Residential Schools. The guide mentions watching a video (available on Vimeo) for an activity. There is also a slideshow related to this topic.

Free Truth and Reconciliation content for educators -- OISE Library at University of Toronto
The OISE Library compiled a list of freely accessible materials on Truth and Reconciliation. The materials mostly made by Indigenous people and include films, books, lesson plans, and more.

Teaching resources -- National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
On this webpage, the National Centre created a list of readings, lesson plans, and activity guides on this Residential Schools and Reconciliation. The webpage contains tabs Teachers Resources and resources for Early Years all the way to Adults.

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 Melissa Smith, Librarian for the Faculty of Education at 778.782.7419 or mnsmith@sfu.ca or Ask a librarian.

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