This teacher resource guide offers teachers information and guidance about how to incorporate authentic First Peoples materials into their instruction and assessment practices.  Inside, you will find lesson plans, curriculum connections, assessment resources and suggested texts.

This publication, In Our Own Words, K-Gr. 3 Authentic Resources (2012, Revised 2020), was developed by the First Nations Education Steering Committee and the First Nations Schools Association, in collaboration with the BC Ministry of Education and with support from the Education Partnerships Program of Indigenous Services Canada.

Why has this resource been developed, and what can it contribute to my
teaching practice?
What is meant by “First Peoples”?
What are First Peoples Principles of Learning, and why are they important?
What are authentic First Peoples texts?
Why is it important to use authentic resources?
How do I know if a resource is authentic?
What do I need to know about First Peoples stories or narratives?
What themes and topics might I encounter in First Peoples resources?
How do I find out which resources are appropriate for my local area?
I’ve encountered an unfamiliar Indigenous language word. I’m afraid of being
disrespectful if I mispronounce it. What should I do?
What First Peoples pedagogies should I be trying to incorporate in my
How do I make connections with the local First Nations communities?
What protocols should I follow when inviting First Peoples guest speakers into
the classroom?
What’s the most appropriate way to include local community resources?
What other resources and sources of information can I access?
Activity Snapshots
Classroom Units
Introduction to the Classroom Units
Unit 1: All About Me
Unit 2: Gifts from the Earth
Unit 3: Stories of the Seasons
Unit 4: Stories from the Sky
Unit 5: Our Animal Neighbours
Unit 6: The Power of Stories
Unit 7: Making Our Ancestors Proud
Unit 8: The Spirit of Celebration