Posted on: January 26th, 2018 by lmccoll No Comments

Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education
6-week course | a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

Engage with Indigenous knowledge keepers, educational leaders, and resources to enhance your understanding and knowledge of practices that advance reconciliation in the places where you live, learn, and work.

This online course is delivered using the edX platform. Below you will find useful information regarding the edX platform, the commitments for this course and how to register. We recommend you watch the introductory video, and read the full description on the course.


The latest offering of the MOOC begins on January 30, 2018.

Register Here


Posted on: January 25th, 2018 by lmccoll No Comments

English First Peoples Grade 10-12 Teacher Resource Guide Workshop
January 29, 2018, Vancouver

Founded upon the First Peoples Principles of Learning, English First Peoples courses for Grades 10-12 offer students of all backgrounds the opportunity to explore First Peoples’ worldviews through literature. The courses were developed through the collaboration of First Nations educators with the BC Ministry of Education and it is notable that English First Peoples (EFP) 12 is fully equivalent to English 12 for BC post-secondary entrance requirements.

Originally published in 2008, the EFP Teacher Resource Guides have been revised to reflect the changing curriculum and incorporate recently-published First Peoples literature.  At this workshop, teachers will receive a copy of the new guide, discuss its use, participate in activities from the draft guide, and see our display of First Peoples literature resources.

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FNESC Indian Residential Schools Workshop

Posted on: January 25th, 2018 by lmccoll No Comments

Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation Resource Guides Workshop (Elementary & Secondary)
February 23, 2018, Vancouver

This workshop is designed to support educators to teach about residential schools in well-informed, respectful and appropriate ways. Participants will explore the Residential Schools and Reconciliation Teacher Resource Guides published by the First Nations Education Steering Committee and First Nations Schools Association, which introduce students to the historical context of residential schools and the principles of reconciliation. These materials engage students with age-appropriate literature, archival documents, and video resources. The materials were piloted throughout BC and are consistent with BC curriculum learning standards.

Both the elementary (Grade 5) and secondary (Grades 10-12) resources will be introduced.  Over the course of the event, educators will engage in discussions with colleagues and participate in hands-on activities that they can use in the classroom. Participants will receive a hardcopy of the resources, which are also available as free downloads. Related literature resources will also be on display.

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Our Journeys Here

Posted on: January 25th, 2018 by lmccoll No Comments

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National Aboriginal Day

Posted on: June 5th, 2017 by lmccoll No Comments

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What is National Aboriginal Day?

June 21 is National Aboriginal Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First NationsInuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous Peoples.

Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day. For generations, many Indigenous Peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.

What led to the creation of National Aboriginal Day?

National Aboriginal Day was announced in 1996 by then Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc, through the Proclamation Declaring June 21 of Each Year as National Aboriginal Day. National Aboriginal Day was the result of consultations and statements of support for such a day made by various Indigenous groups.

  • in 1995, the Sacred Assembly, a national conference of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people chaired by Elijah Harper, called for a national holiday to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous Peoples
  • also in 1995, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommended the designation of a National First Peoples Day
  • in 1982, the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) called for the creation of National Aboriginal Solidarity Day

How does the Government of Canada support National Aboriginal Day?

National Aboriginal Day is part of the Celebrate Canada program, which also includes Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27) and Canada Day (July 1).

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FNESC Summer Institute

Posted on: May 23rd, 2017 by lmccoll No Comments

Learning First Peoples Summer Institute for Teachers

August 21-24, 2017

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel

7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC

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The Learning First Peoples Summer Institute is designed to support educators to bring quality, authentic First Peoples teaching and learning into BC classrooms.

Comprised of three different sessions, which can be selected individually, the sessions will introduce resources that focus on themes, issues and topics of importance to First Peoples learning and informed by the First Peoples Principles of Learning. Each session will include print resources, activities and opportunities for professional dialogue and networking.

For questions, please contact Riannon Nahanee toll-free 1-877-422-3672 riannonn@fnesc.ca

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  • English First Peoples, Grades 10-12, August 21-22, 2017 (two days) $30
  • Residential Schools and Reconciliation Teacher Resource Guide (Elem/Sec), August 23, 2017 $30
  • Science First Peoples Grades 5-9 First Peoples, August 24, 2017  $30

If your preferred session/s fills to capacity, email the event administrator to be waitlisted.

Eligibility to Attend

First Nations school, public school and independent school teachers are invited to attend.

Registration Fees

Credit card and cheque are accepted. All registration fees must be paid by August 1st or the registration will be cancelled.

Cheques: If paying by cheque please send the cheque with a copy of the registration confirmation payable to First Nations Education Steering Committee c/o CivicInfo Mail to: CivicInfo BC, #203 – 4475 Viewmont Avenue, Victoria BC, V8Z 6L8.

Daily Schedule

Breakfast 8:30 am; Session 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (breakfast and lunch provided)

Venue and Accommodation

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond. Reservations: (604) 273-7878

Book by July 20, 2017 quoting FNESC Workshop Summer Institute for the negotiated rate of $209+tx. Space is limited – please book early!

Travel Reimbursement

Travel/hotel reimbursement is available only to teachers from BC First Nations schools, maximum 3 per school, per session.

Please mail your travel claim to FNESC post-marked within 30 days of the event to be eligible for reimbursement. You must include original receipts for hotel, ferry, airplane, taxi, bus and parking.

A travel claim form will be provided at the event a sample Travel Claim Form – April 2017 is available for reference (rates subject to change). A summary of FNESC policies is on the reverse of the form.

When you register online, you will receive an automatic email confirming your registration.

You will only be reimbursed for “most economical” mode of travel.

Individuals eligible for travel reimbursement living more than one hour or 90 km from the event location can apply for hotel reimbursed at the negotiated rate.

Please do not claim breakfasts or lunches on the meeting day because they are provided.

Have a safe trip and thank you for your participation!


Rivers Day School Program

Posted on: May 8th, 2017 by lmccoll No Comments

To whom it may concern,


I would like to tell you about an exciting opportunity the Fraser River Discovery Centre, Port of Vancouver and New Westminster Museum and Archives are offering for free to 6 grade 5/6 classes as part of Riverfest 2017.


Attached is information about our Rivers Day School program, taking place on September 20th. Also attached is an application booking form which can be completed and e-mailed to programs@fraserriverdiscovery.org. If this opportunity is not applicable to your class group please forward this message to the relevant grade teacher in your school.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me,

Kind regards,


Siobhán Power Education Assistant



788 Quayside Drive | New Westminster BC | V3M 6Z6

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Essential Questions for Social Studies

Posted on: April 29th, 2017 by lmccoll No Comments


The Gladys We Never Knew, Residential School Resource

Posted on: April 21st, 2017 by lmccoll No Comments

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The Gladys We Never Knew (The life of a child in a BC Indian Residential School)  ebook is now online!




Historical Thinking Summer Institute

Posted on: March 4th, 2017 by lmccoll No Comments

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