Implementing Aboriginal Content Across the Secondary School Curriculum

Implementing First Nations Content Across the High School Curriculum

Noreen Pankewich
Aboriginal Resource Teacher
School District No. 73

Ministry Prescribed Learning Outcomes:

These outcomes have been extracted from the current Ministry of Education document. They are not add-ons, or solely for First Nations students.  All teachers are mandated to teach and assess to all students, as we would with any Prescribed Learning Outcome.

An inspirational little piece on the importance of involving your students and their families:

Best Practices for Teaching Aboriginal Students - some fantastic tips

Valuable on-line resource for the Secwepemc:

Good websites, student friendly:


Check out Current Exhibit and Photo Gallery at Secwepemc Museum

Great Secwepemc PPT resource for teachers and students.

Resources for all grade levels with ideas for all strands. Deepening Knowledge - Resources for and About Aboriginal Education

English/Writing Ideas:

Science Ideas:

Math & Physics Ideas:

Social Studies/BCFN 12 Ideas:

Art Ideas:

PE Ideas:

Drama/Music Ideas:

Home Economics Ideas:

Health & Career Education Ideas:

French Ideas:

Computer Activities:

Special Education:


…some of the BEST information on respect and teaching cultural content availalble at : Guidelines for Respecting Cultural Knowledge

…and a FANTASTIC monthly newsletter with Lesson Plans and valuable teaching information at Promising Practices in Aboriginal Education

...many, many lesson plans supported by video, online resources and well written lesson plans at Royal Conservatory Aboriginal Themed Lesson Plans

…check out the new Thompson Rivers University “AERO” - Aboriginal Educational Resources On-line

Check out the HGEC Library!  We have over 800 FN Resources available for loan to District 73 employees. Go to:

  • Choose Search Full Catalogue
  • Click on Mediagraphy and choose Aboriginal Resources
  • Further refine your search by clicking on Format and making a choice and Audience, and making a further selection
  • Then Submit

Ask Anyone on our District Aboriginal Resource Team*

Daryll Laboucan
Education & Cultural Coordinator

  • Speaks Cree fluently
  • Recognizes the importance of traditional knowledge and teachings
  • Talented drummer, singer, and dancer
  • Has lived in harmony off the land
  • Has first hand knowledge of treaties
  • Able to teach a variety of FN artwork, crafts, and he has extensive knowledge of tool making
  • Highly respectful of the local Secwepemc Territory and with permission he is learning local protocol, songs and other valuable Secwepemc traditions
  • Provides cultural workshops, lessons, and guidance to students in an effort to promote awareness, understanding and pride in our Aboriginal history, heritage and identity

Aboriginal Friendship Society
Kamloops B.C.
Phone number: 250-376-1296
Fax: 250-376-2275

Jackie Jules

  • Classroom presentations and mobile displays on hunting, fishing, foods, tools and technology, plants and medicines and Secwepemc language 
  • Self government, land claims, the history of Residential schools, and Secwepemc artifacts 
  • Hand drumming, songs and dance and traditional games, including Lahal
  • Kamloops Indian Band Museum and Heritage Park tours of the historical culture of the Secwepemc peoples’ past through to the present
  • Kamloops Indian Residential School tours offer insight into life at the old brick building, with history on the imposed government assimilation program

Secwepemc Museum & Native Heritage Park
Phone: 250-828-9785
Fax: 250-372-8833

Call or e-mail your ideas or inquiries to:
Noreen Pankewich
School District No. 73     
Aboriginal Resource Teacher (K-12)
Phone: 250-376-2266   Ext. 218

Cheryl Sebastion
School District No. 73
District Principal of Aboriginal Education
Phone: 250-374-0679