Open School BC - B.C. First Nations Studies 12


B.C. First Nations 12 is designed for use by classroom students, distance education or distributed learning students, and self-paced learners. This resource is intended for use along with the Ministry of Education’s B.C. First Nations Studies textbook. The course features interactive multimedia components such as a treaty simulation (winner of the Interactive Award of Merit, CNIE Media Festival 2008) and profiles of Canadian Aboriginal authors. Video interviews are also included with individuals speaking on a variety of topics pertaining to the course context. These exciting multimedia pieces are available in the online course or on the Perspectives CD-ROM for students using the print-based version.

This video is one example of 24 video pieces that are included as part of the course content for B.C. First Nations Studies 12. The videos communicate a wide range of perspectives that are directly relevant to the lives of the speakers, all of whom are involved in a variety of Aboriginal initiatives in B.C.

Launch Demo Slide Show of Roy Vickers talking about Discrimination

The first module explores traditional First Nations world view, the oral tradition, and the attitudes and beliefs about First Nations people that were assumed by European settlers.

Module Two summarizes the initial trade-based relationship between Europeans and First Nations, and contrasts the maritime fur trade with the land-based fur trade. The changing relationship between the colonies and First Nations is reviewed in terms of its relationship to more recent history.

Module Three examines traditional and contemporary First Nations creative expression in terms of regional diversity, contemporary media and the visual arts.

The final module addresses contemporary issues including Aboriginal identity and community, self-government and the treaty process.

Each of the four modules of B.C. First Nations Studies 12 has two tests available; these are similar to the Provincial Examination style and format. The B.C. First Nations 12 Source File is a supplementary print-based resource which features website excerpts, poems, articles, and stories relating to the course content. This course includes access to the companion B.C. First Nations 12 website that links to complementary online resources.

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  • Addresses learning outcomes from the 2006 Ministry of Education BC First Nations Studies IRP
  • Interactive multimedia including animation, sound, and visual components
  • Companion website
  • Developed by BC teachers, instructional designers, and multimedia experts

B.C. First Nations Studies  (textbook)
Perspectives Media CD
B.C. First Nations Studies Source File
B.C. First Nations Studies course website
Teacher’s Guide

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Use of multimedia resources requires a modern computer with a CD-ROM drive and Flash Player (free to download from Adobe's website). Taking an online course requires all of the above, an Internet connection and a current web browser.

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B.C. First Nations Studies 12 Modules

Module 1:
Perspective and Place

World View
What is World View?
Cultures in Contact
Oral Tradition
Learning the Land

Language and the Land
Physical Geography
The Seven Language Families

Trade and Technology
Traditional Economy
Technology and the Land

Module 2:
Contact, Resistance and Leadership

The Fur Trade Era
The Maritime Fur Trade
The Land-Based Fur Trade
Women in the Fur Trade
Impact of the Two Fur Trade

The Colonial Era (1849-1871)
Colonialism in British Columbia
Historical Roots of the Métis
The Cariboo Gold Rush and the Chilcotin War

Canada Period (1871-1911)
Indian Act
Residential Schools
Treaty # 8 and the Victoria Conference

Modern Canada
Political Developments 1911-1945
The World Wars and the Korean War
Post World War Policy and Administration
The Land and the Law

Module 3:
Creativity and Culture

Cultural Expression – Past and Present

The Historical Context
Cultural Gatherings (Creativity and Community)
Traditional First Nations Houses
The Impact of Modern Representation
Cultural Appropriation

Creation/Transformer Stories
Traditional Creation Stories
Traditional Trickster/Transformer

Aboriginal Fiction, Poetry and Drama
Aboriginal Fiction
Aboriginal Poetry
Aboriginal Drama

Contemporary Media and Visual Arts
Digital Media
Newspaper, Magazines
Performing Arts
Visual Arts and Natural Media
Regional Diversity
Contemporary Artists

Module 4:
Contemporary Issues

Aboriginal Identity and Community
Categories and Definitions
Evolving Notions of Community
Bill C-31

Self-Determination and the Treaty Process
Self-Determination and Self-Government
The Treaty Process
Evaluating the Treaty Process
Alternatives to the Treaty Process

Rebuilding Healthy Communities
The Impact of Colonialism
Supporting Healthy Individuals and Communities
Healing Programs
Taking Control of Education
Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education

Contemporary Economic Development
Background on First Nations Economies
Types of Contemporary Economic Development
Promotion of First Nations Economic Development

Aboriginal Language Renewal
Language Groups and Loss of Language
Initiatives to Preserve Aboriginal Languages