NCCIE has been a multi-year project that began in the fall of 2017 (see “About Us” at the top of the page).
NCCIE’s regional teams across the country asked their community partners, “What educational resources do you need for your children, for your youth, for your People, and how can NCCIE support you in developing these resources?”
At the beginning of this initiative, NCCIE collaborated with kêhtê-ayak, the Elders Council of First Nations University of Canada, and co-developed two holistic lesson plan templates for teaching a) languages and b) mainstream subjects from an Indigenous perspective. These lesson plan templates are available HERE along with a Strategic Report that explains the different components of the templates.
For mainstream school subjects, the aim has been to approach a subject by privileging Indigenous viewpoints while giving consideration to mainstream provincial and territorial curriculum expectations and outcomes.
For teaching languages, an Indigenous approach has also been taken. The template that has been developed respects the variety of Indigenous strategies that one can use to teach Indigenous languages.
All lesson plans place the student at the centre, encouraging educators to consider the different learning styles of their students:
In addition to the above diagram, the illustration below has been a foundational piece during the development of lesson plans with an Indigenous lens. It also places the student at the centre of learning and is a reminder for educators that learning is relational and those relationships are integral for a student’s success.
The centre dot represents each student in a class or learning space. The student’s relationships with family, classmates, the teacher, and a support service network all contribute to a student’s well-being and progress as a learner.
Source: NCCIE Lesson Plan Template