First Peoples Principles of Learning

First Peoples Principles of Learning apply to all areas of the curriculum:

  • Learning ultimately supports the well being of the self, the family, the community, the land, the spirits and the ancestors
  • Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential and relational (focused on connectedness, on reciprocal relationships and a sense of place)
  • Learning involves recognizing the consequences of one’s actions
  • Learning involves generational roles and responsibilities
  • Learning recognizes the roles of indigenous knowledge
  • Learning is embedded in memory, history and story
  • Learning involves patience and time
  • Learning requires exploration of one’s identity
  • Learning involves recognizing that some knowledge is sacred and only shared with permission and / or in certain situations


(Produced by the First Nations Education Steering Committee – British Columbia, Canada