In the spirit of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to action regarding education and in combination with the mandates of the new BC Curriculum, the integration of Indigenous Knowledge and content is considered here. Relying heavily on resources from First Nations Education Steering Committee, specifically the First Peoples Principles of Learning Poster, a few suggestions have been provided below. Additionally, articles and applications that provide examples of technological innovation within Indigenous communities are linked in both French and English for inclusion in class discussions about coding.
- focus on spending some time on establishing practices for sharing and listening when working in pairs, groups, and as a whole class
- include authentic stories or texts that discuss the value of learning, working together, and/or seeing the consequences of our actions
- discuss why learning taking patience and time, especially in the context of working with others and solving a problem – deeper learning sometimes comes from working through a challenge in a supportive environment
- provide opportunities for exploration of students’ own identity and interests when working on inquiry projects that use code to solve problems
- include First Nations, Métis and Inuit technological innovation in examples of coding, problem-solving, and modern applications:
- include stories, interviews, or (if possible) visits from members of the tech community working on innovation to support Indigenous Peoples, language and culture: