Curriculum Bundles

These Curriculum Bundles have been assembled by Indigenous educators from around British Columbia, most of whom are students and graduates of the NITEP program.  Each of them focuses on a particular skill, resource, or place, and includes:

  • important background information for educators
  • suggestions for working in respectful ways and with humility
  • information on how to acknowledge sources
  • how to invite community members in to help with student learning

You will also find clear connections to the First People’s Principles of Learning, as well as curricular connections that take into account as many subject areas and grade levels as possible.  Explore the subjects that interest you to develop learning experiences that are meaningful to you and your students.

Before you begin, please take some time to hear from Elder Gerry Oleman of the St’at’imc Nation from Tsal’alh (Shalalth B.C.) as he discusses why he remains involved with education, and what Indigenous wellbeing means to him.

Education and Well-Being with Elder Gerry Oleman (St’at’imc Nation)

Curriculum Bundles Overview

Click on the headers below to find the complete Curriculum Bundles. 

Barkerville, Injustice in a Historic Town

Alyssa Mortensen (Wet’suwet’en Nation)

A close analysis of Barkerville, BC provides teachers and learners alike to consider perspective, injustice, colonization, and Indigenous celebrations.

        • Curriculum Connections: Social Studies & English Language Arts

Chilcotin Oral Storytelling

Stella Stump (Tsilhqot’in Nation)

Discover the cross-curricular implications of Chilcotin oral stories in the classroom – with a particular focus on Trickster and oral protocols.

        • Curriculum Connections: Social Studies & English Language Arts

Colouring the Northwest Coast

Diamond Point (Musqueam Nation)

Through a study of Northwest Coast art, learners are introduced to traditional and contemporary practices of art forms, cultural expression, and relationship to land.

        • Curriculum Connections: Science Education; Social Studies & Arts Education

History and Education on Residential Schools

Valerie Johnson (Secwépemc Nation)

Attending to the history and legacy of Indian residential schools requires ethical and epistemological considerations.

        • Curriculum Connections: Social Studies

Indigenous Children’s Literature

Alice Hird (Ulkatcho Nation)

Drawing upon local Indigenous literatures offers students rich opportunities to study place, identity, and community.

        • Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts

In-Field Experiences for Indigenous Education

Chanel Wynja (Tsilhqot’in Nation)

Leave the classroom behind, and embrace the learning opportunities of experiential learning at local museums and historical sites. 

        • Curriculum Connections: Social Studies

Native Women’s Association of Canada

Ashley Bueckert (Wet’suwet’en Nation)

Understand the historical and contemporary feminisms of Indigenous women through a close analysis of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC).

        • Curriculum Connections: Social Studies

Teachings of Cedar Tree

Brittney Townrow (Heiltsuk Nation)

Explore the ancestral teachings of the Cedar Tree through hands-on experiences, where learners are invited to consider the sacred significance of cedar in all aspects of life for First Nations peoples on the west coast. 

        • Curriculum Connections: Applied Design, Skills & Technologies; Art Education; Social Studies; Mathematics Education & Science Education

Traditional Fishing & Dipnetting

Suzanne Gurney (Métis Nation)

Consider the role of fishing and traditional dipnetting on First Nations’ sustenance, economy, and cultural expression.

        • Applied Design, Skills & Technology; Career Education; Science Education & Social Studies

Traditional Medicines

Corly Schmeisser (Secwepemc Nation)

Unpack the significance, uses, and knowledge of traditional medicines from a First Nations perspective.

        • Social Studies & Science Education

Versatility of Salmon

Jared Sharp (Métis Nation)

Explore the versatility of salmon and its cultural, economic, and scientific implications for First Peoples.

        • Applied Skills, Design, and Technologies; Career Education; Science Education; Social Studies & English Language Arts