Indigenous Education

Indigenous World View | Planning | FAQ 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a worldview?

A worldview can be defined as how a person/community sees the world and their place in the world. Worldview is specific to place and encompasses every aspect of the culture. Worldview are specific to a community.

Whose land is the NVSD located on and what is the land acknowledgement for the school district?

The NVSD is located on the unceded and traditional lands of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation.

The land acknowledgement for NVSD is:

Acknowledgements for Traditional Territory

Traditional Territory Acknowledgement

I would like to start by acknowledging and thanking the Coast Salish people whose traditional territory North Vancouver School District resides on. I express our gratitude to the Squamish Nation and Tsleil Waututh Nation and we value the opportunity to learn, live and share educational experiences on this traditional territory.

Reconnaissance du Territoire Traditionnel

J’aimerais reconnaître et remercier les peuples autochtones de la côte Salish dont leur territoire traditionnel est le lieu de la Commission scolaire de Vancouver Nord. J’exprime notre gratitude à la nation Squamish et à la nation Tsleil-Waututh. Nous apprécions l’occasion d’apprendre, de vivre et de partager des expériences éducatives sur ce territoire traditionnel.

What is the difference between a land acknowledgment and a welcoming? Which one should our school be using?

A land acknowledgment is a sincere recognition of whose land your school is on and should be done first. A welcome is shared when an Indigenous person from the territory welcomes you/group to the land and the event. If you are non Indigenous you should be sharing a land acknowledgement.

Who do I contact for support in the NVSD? How do I request a team member? How do I request a community member?

Contact the NVSD Indigenous Education team by completing a request form which can be found on the Indigenous Education page. Please allow a two-three week turnaround as we schedule team members in advance based on school/teacher requests.

To invite community members to your location there is also a request form that can be sent to Brad Baker District Principal.

Where do I start? ( adding worldview and content to my instructions)

The NVSD Indigenous Education team always states Go Forward with Courage. Just start. Storytelling is a wonderful way to start. In addition the team is available to collaborate with you to share with your students, team teach or share resources.

To invite community members to your location there is also a request form that can be sent to Brad Baker District Principal.

What services does the NVSD Indigenous Education team offer?

The NVSD Indigenous Education can work with you in any curricular area. The NVSD Indigenous Education team is available to collaborate, share resources, cultural presentations and staff development.

FPPL Resources

Where can I find additional resources?

Start with your school library. Your librarian should have a collection of authentic resources. The NVSD Indigenous Education team is also available to collaborate on resources.

A few good places to start are:

FNESC: First Nations Education Steering Committee has published numerous teacher guides from a First Nations perspective in different curricular areas.

Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives in the Classroom: Moving Forward (PDF)

Strong Nations Lesson Plans: Strong Nations is First Nations publishing house on Vancouver Island. You will find several titles that have been selected to specifically to connect with teaching reading comprehension through the use of 6 learning strategies for both fiction and non-fiction. Some of the selected titles also include a free downloadable lesson plan.

ERAC – Resources for Integrating Aboriginal Ways of Knowing and Learning: ERAC is a member-based organization providing services to the K12 education sector in B.C. and the Yukon. Membership is voluntary and includes BC public school districts, Yukon Education, and BC independent schools.

SetBC Classroom Technology and First Peoples Principles of Learning: This course explores examples and strategies of ways teachers can use technology-based projects aligned with the First Peoples Principles of Learning to begin infusing a First People’s perspective into their classroom environment and community.

BCTF Teach BC Lesson Plans