Developed at the request of the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC), this document recognizes the diversity and wealth of First Nations languages and cultures in British Columbia (BC) and their critically endangered state and is intended to assist First Nations language teachers, members of First Nations language communities, educational staff in First Nations and public schools, and policy makers as they consider First Nations language and culture frameworks at the K - 12 level.
This resource has been developed in response to desire on the part of teachers for more guidance and information on how to incorporate First Peoples materials into their instruction and assessment practice
The Medicine Wheel is a teaching/learning framework that has widespread use in indigenous communities, for use in instructing intercultural communication. Following the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, one of the required actions for reconciliation was to include intercultural competencies and the incorporation of Indigenous ways of knowing and learning. The Medicine Wheel is one framework that can decolonize and Indigenize education, and therefore works towards finding solutions to the problems created by the oppressive legacy of Indian Residential Schools.