Why is Aboriginal content being embedded in the new curriculum and what does it look like?
Aboriginal perspectives and knowledge are a part of the historical and contemporary foundation of BC and Canada. Aboriginal knowledge and worldviews have been embedded in the curriculum in authentic, meaningful ways so that all learners have opportunities to understand and respect their own cultural heritage as well as that of others.
In some areas of learning, explicit Aboriginal content is included (e.g., information about residential schools in Social Studies; Aboriginal peoples’ uses of indigenous plants and animals, or their knowledge of the sky and landscape, in Science). In other areas, there are opportunities to learn about Aboriginal people in the local community, for example, or Aboriginal literature.
From Kindergarten to graduation, students will experience Aboriginal perspectives and understandings as an integrated part of what they are learning.
For more information check out: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/rethinking-curriculum
Attached are the First Peoples Principles of Learning.