The First Peoples Principles of Learning
"The First Peoples Principles of Learning are affirmed within First Peoples communities and are being reflected in the development of all K-12 curriculum and assessment. First identified in relation to English 12 First Peoples, the First Peoples Principles of Learning generally reflect First Peoples pedagogy. The term "First Peoples" includes First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Canada, as well as indigenous peoples around the world."
from the BC Ministry of Education Aboriginal Education website
RMS Indigenous Program Overview
Rutland Middle School has an Indigenous Advocate, Ms. Wendy Landry-Braun, and an Indigenous Teacher Tutor, Ms. Tara Crone. They provide cultural, social, and academic supports for students of Indigenous ancestry while fostering allyship relations. Throughout the year, they offer a diverse, rich program to allow their students to explore their heritage, as well as to thrive at school. For further information, please contact Ms. Power (Abigail.Power@sd23.bc.ca) or Mrs. Weiler (Carrisa.Weiler@sd23.bc.ca) directly by email, by phone, or by stopping by the Gathering Room.
At times throughout the year, our advocates provide opportunities for all students who want to experience traditional and contemporary aspects of leadership through the lens of First Peoples in BC. Through Indigenous practices, we will explore the nature of what it means to be a leader in and out of the classroom while enjoying hands-on activities such as traditional looming, survival bracelets, dice, stick games, children's games, and perhaps cooking traditional foods.
The SD23 Indigenous Education Program
Rutland Middle School is very thankful for the support that we have received from the Central Okanagan Public Schools Indigenous Education Program. Learn about the program by following this link.