This initiative was created by the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC), an organization committed to improving First Nations education in British Columbia, and the First Nations Schools Association (FNSA), a non-profit organization serving the First Nations community schools of British Columbia. The two organizations created this workshop as a means of contributing to the reconciliation process after being inspired to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s recommendation to develop age-appropriate residential school related curriculum to be used in the public school system.
Three workshops were planned for February and March 2014; educators and administrators from B.C.’s public and First Nations schools were invited to attend free of charge. The goal of these daylong workshops was to gain feedback from educators on newly developed Teacher Resource Guides and draft curricula to contribute to their further development. The curriculum being developed is for grades 5, 10 and 11/12, and is specific to a British Columbian context. The curriculum is founded upon the First Peoples Principles of Learning, a code of values developed by the FNESC and infused into all curriculum developed by the organization.