Aboriginal Education Resources

School District #73 Kamloops-Thompson

Secwepemcúl’ecw yi7élye ell, re tmicws re Tk’emlúpsemc n7élye.

We respectfully acknowledge that at the Henry Grube Centre we are on the unceded territory of the Secwepemc Nation, specifically the Territory of the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc



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HGEC Print Shop Link - Click on image for this and more printable resources.

For more information regarding aboriginal programs, resources and initiatives, please contact the Aboriginal Education Department:

Michael Bowden, District Principal (mbowden@sd73.bc.ca, 250-376-2266)

Carolyn Anderson, District Coordinator (caanderson@sd73.bc.ca, 250-376-2266)

Kenthen Thomas, Grades 8-12 (kthomas@sd73.bc.ca , 778-257-7588)

Trudi Nielsen, Grades K-7 (tnielsen@sd73.bc.ca , 778-257-7264)

Website Tour Video (15:31)

Acknowledgment of Territory
Protocols: Elder/Traditional Knowledge Keepers
Medicine Bundles

Indigenous Education Resource Inventory

This inventory is a non-comprehensive list of Indigenous education resources that has been compiled by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the British Columbia Teacher’s Federation, the First Nations Education Steering Committee, and Métis Nation British Columbia.

The intent of these materials is to help further incorporate Indigenous knowledge and perspectives into B.C. classrooms. The inventory includes guides, books and e-books, articles, websites, videos, and other materials. Educators may find this inventory useful for supporting personal and profession Indigenous learning.



BC Educators

This site is created to help educators in British Columbia understand how they might incorporate the First Peoples Principles of Learning (FPPL) into their classrooms and schools. Some educators will see that the Principles reflect what they already believe, and are doing in their schools and classrooms. Other educators will see concepts embedded in the principles that challenge some of the post-industrial Euro-centric beliefs about education. Either way, this site is not intended to be a comprehensive exploration of First Peoples (or Indigenous) education. It is instead, a beginning (or continuation) of a conversation.


Aboriginal Pedagogy Framework
Infusing Aboriginal Content-25 Mins
Aboriginal Storytelling & Talking Circles
Talking Circles

This website offers good information on First Nations Pedagogy

Seven Sacred Teachings


The Seven Sacred Teachings, also known as the Teachings of the Seven Grandfathers, is a set of teachings on human conduct towards others. They are what was traditionally and still is to this day needed in order for communities to survive.

Classrooms today represent a microcosm of our rich and diverse society. Alberta schools are dynamic environments that emphasize high standards, and respect and safety, yet these elements cannot be taken for granted. This guide is intended to facilitate conversation and provide strategies on how to best support all students with a continuous focus on positive character attributes that can help build classrooms where students are ready to learn and teachers are able to teach.

While we recognize that not all First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures and histories recognize The Seven Sacred Teachings or the Teachings of the Seven Grandfathers our intention is to be as inclusive as possible.

PEDAGOGY that embraces Indigenous ways of knowing are fostered by approaches to teaching and learning that include purposeful thinking about people, places and processes

The word Etuaptmumk, or Two-Eyed Seeing, communicates the belief that the most beneficial outcome occurs when we consider multiple perspectives in understanding and exploring ideas. Two-Eyed Seeing helps us to acknowledge the idea of wholeness, a part of many Indigenous knowledge systems: seeing things through Indigenous perspectives (represented as one whole eye), while also seeing western ways of knowing (also represented as a whole eye), inviting these two eyes to work together as they do in binocular vision.

A weaving back and forth between knowledge systems that embrace a flow between the strengths of the two ways, to best suit the circumstances, strengthens the approach further.



Teaching First Nations Students

This article is from the U.S. but works for Canada too in ways of Learning Styles.


The Circle of Courage

Education Model

Rev. Dr. Martin Brokenleg (Video 8:58)

Diversity & Inclusion

-The Aboriginal Lens


(Google Slides Presentation on Circle of Courage in the Classroom - What is looks like)

The Medicine Wheel


This explanation on the Medicine Wheel and activity booklet from Wisconsin, U.S.A. offers ideas and class activities using the Medicine Wheel. Built for youth, but adaptable for any grade level.

Lessons from the Medicine Wheel

Developed by the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, this non-Indigenous website offers evidenced-informed resources that "educate the hearts of children". The collection of resources builds capacity in individuals and communities to support the Heart-Mind well-being of children, and promotes their positive social and emotional development.

Information and links to lesson plans can be found here:


Assessments, Resources, Lesson Plans and more! (From Marianne Vande Pol)


Core Competency K-3 - Self Assessment

School District #73 - Primary Aboriginal Pedagogy Poster for Classrooms - Giving Core Competencies and Indigenous Connection.

Aboriginal Core Comeptency Lesson Ideas
CC Self Assessment Proof Finder
Copy of Aboriginal Core Competency Self Assessment Book

Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives

8 Differences Between Indigenous and Western Worldviews.

Aboriginal Worldviews & Perspectives in the Classroom

Indigenous Perspectives Education Guide

Aboriginal Perspectives and Knowledge

Elder Mary Thomas (Secwepemc Worldview)


Understanding FNMI (First Nations Metis Inuit)

CBC’s 2012 miniseries "8th Fire" is an edgy, provocative look at Indigenous/settler relations in Canada. Its subtitle: “Aboriginal Peoples, Canada & the Way Forward” establishes the show’s purpose — to better understand each other and work together to improve relations in the future.

What sets 8th Fire apart is the positive and proactive approach it takes to addressing the issues. Host Wab Kinew is up front with the audience from the start. He says it’s not about making non-Indigenous people feel guilty; it’s about both sides learning about each other and taking ownership of the future together.

Written by Joanna Dawson

Terminology Video (2:37)


The Indian Act Explained

The Agenda with Steve Paikin (a current affairs tv program in Ontario) welcomes Bob Joseph, founder of Indigenous Corporate Training, a firm specializing in cultural relations instruction, to discuss his book, "21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality" (May 7, 2018).

Video 25:36


Indigenize Your Space

Halford's Catalogue

Native Reflections Catalogue

Indigenizing Your Space

Ed Jensen, Secwepemc Artist

Ed is a leading Secwépemc artist of a generation that emerged after the wake of Residential Schools and from the resulting cultural resurgence of the Secwépemc people. Based on traditional knowledge and oral history, his art forms mimic tools and implements used for countless generations within the valleys surrounding Kamloops and area and that were instrumental in the survival of its first inhabitants. These include bows, arrows, spears, fishing equipment, drums, clothing and anything else that can be fabricated from land-based bounties. Ed is a self taught artisan who gets his inspiration from the legacies left behind by the ancestors of today's Secwépemc and that can be found in the archaeological record. He has spent numerous hours in museums studying stone tools and piecing together the mysteries of the past in order to achieve a level of accuracy within his projects.

Ed is a member of the Kamloops Art Council and can be contacted through Facebook.

Birch Bark Baskets - Hand crafted by Secwepemc Artist Gerry Thomas

The art of basket making has been around since time immemorial and handed down from one generation to another. Gerry Thomas has had the good fortune of being the recipient of such knowledge from his noted mother; Dr. Mary Thomas. Gerry can be contacted on his cell: 1-250-253-0470.