Integrating First Peoples’ Principles of Learning with Teaching Practice

July 29 – August 9  1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


The intent of this course is to assist teachers to increase their understanding of:

1) the issues, past and present, for Indigenous peoples,

2) the importance of including Indigenous cultural and language in schools in British Columbia,

3) Indigenous worldviews about connections to the land and the interconnectedness of all things, and

4) Indigenous wholistic ways of learning. Using an appreciative inquiry approach, participants will examine their current teaching practice to identify strategies they currently use which are in sync with Indigenous worldviews and ways of learning.

Then, building upon the current strengths in their teaching practice, participants will modify an existing unit or create a new unit of study to integrate First Peoples’ Principles of Learning and the learning outcomes in BC’s New Curriculum (British Columbia Ministry of Education (2016). Participants will leave with plans in place to implement First Peoples’ Principles of Learning in the classroom for the 2019/2020 school year.

Topics of study will include:

  • Historical and current issues for Indigenous peoples in Canada and how these issues may impact learning opportunities in classrooms.
  • The importance of including Indigenous cultural experiences and Indigenous language instruction in schools in B.C.
  • Indigenous worldviews about connections between land, language, and identity.
  • Indigenous wholistic ways of learning to promote intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual development.

Dr. Colleen Larson

Dr. Larson received her PhD in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (Indigenous Studies, Indigenous Education, Indigenous Language Revitalization) in 2017. She is a Teacher Assistance at Community, Cultural and Global Studies at UBC Okanagan since 2012.

How to apply

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). If you intend on taking a 400-level course, please ensure that you receive prior approval by your graduate supervisor using this form.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm transfer credit will be approved prior to registering for a UBC Okanagan course.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have  2018 courses Summer registration eligibility.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm approval of transfer credit prior to registration.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Apply to take select coursework as a non-degree student at https://secure.students.ubc.ca/nondegree/apply.cfm

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the  Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have a 2018 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.