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One of the foundations used in the development of the new Aboriginal Education portion of the new BC Curriculum was the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. While the declaration is not a legally binding document, it outlines the individual and collective rights that aboriginal peoples around the world have the right to.
When integrating aboriginal cultures into our teaching practice, we need to consider the depth in which we teach the culture. The diagram below is an example of the depth of culture we must explore.
Dr. Jean Philips discusses the dominant discourse surrounding indigenous learners and how we can support indigenous learners in our classes and introduce indigenous topics to all our students and teachers.
Source: Phillips, J. (March, 2014). Engaging with Communities to Support Reconciliation. (7:28) Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pqoobHqxE4
This powerful video was written and directed by author Thomas King and portrays the stereotypes indigenous people encounter in their daily lives and how these stereotypes of the past are empowering them in the greater community.
The new BC Curriculum incorporates First Peoples Principles of Learning across the subjects and the grades. First Peoples Principles of Learning as defined by the Ministry of Education is seen as: