Best Practices: Teaching + Learning

As educators and members of aboriginal communities work toward developing and implementing strategies that improve the success of aboriginal students, more and more best practices are identified. The Council of Minister of Aboriginal Education Canada have collected best practices in Aboriginal education across the provinces and territories.

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Teaching for Indigenous Education

UBC has a site “Teaching for Indigenous Education” filled with lots of resources on relationships, knowledge, history, pedagogy, curriculum, community, languages and transformation.

For more information: http://www.indigenouseducation.educ.ubc.ca/

Key Learning Ideas from UBC Site:

This topic supports the following key learning ideas:

  • Knowledge holders play a pivotal role in facilitating inter-generational, experiential, and ceremonial learning. Indigenous knowledge holders include people (e.g., Elders), other than humans (e.g., land), and more than humans (e.g., transformers, tricksters).
  • Indigenous pedagogies engage learning processes that are holistic and multimodal. Some of these include storytelling, land-based experiences, intergenerational learning, and ceremony.
  • Learning in Indigenous languages represents an important pedagogy for transmitting worldviews, as well as honouring and advancing Indigenous knowledges and identity.
  • Indigenous pedagogies are contextual and intimately connected to language and place.
  • Indigenous pedagogies are informed by protocols. This means that there are systematic rules to how educators work with Indigenous knowledges.
  • Key questions for dialogue and teacher reflection include: What pedagogies shape my approaches to teaching? How do the pedagogies I rely on compare and contrast to Indigenous pedagogies? How might I begin to incorporate Indigenous pedagogies into my teaching with attention to Indigenous protocols?

Map of Vancouver Island of First Nations
 Map of Vancouver Island of First Nations


VIU Elders

At Vancouver Island University (VIU) our Elders are one of our most valuable resources. They provide counseling, support, and guidance to all students at VIU. You will often hear the students referring to the Elders as "Auntie" or “Uncle”, which is a sign of both affection and respect. Vancouver Island University Elders are active in a variety of areas encompassing student support, class-room instruction, teaching traditional protocols and cross-cultural sharing.

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Aboriginal Post Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework and Action Plan

2020 Vision for the Future

This Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework and Action Plan outlines a plan for improving post-secondary opportunities  and outcomes for First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. It sets out a Vision, Principles and Goals, informed by evidence-based policies and leading practices, to address systemic barriers and support systemic institutional change to support Aboriginal learners.

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Indigenous Learning Circle

The Office of Aboriginal Education & Engagement and the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning are collaborating to invite teaching faculty members to engage with Indigenous perspectives and critically reflect about suggested teaching and learning practices that would help support a classroom free of marginalization for all learners. Collaboration and community is at the heart of this approach.

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What I Learned in Class Today

What I Learned in Class Today: Aboriginal Issues in the Classroom is a research project that explores difficult discussions of Aboriginal issues that take place in classrooms at the University of British Columbia.

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A Handbook for Educators of Aboriginal Students

Created by Thompson Rivers University this handbook was designed to help identify and develop strategies and support systems that will result in increases success and retention among Aboriginal Students transitioning to Post Secondary institutions. This handbook is a hands-on tool for faculty to increase their understanding of the needs of Aboriginal learners.

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