Projet du coeur: French Immersion Aboriginal Education Teacher


French Immersion, Aboriginal Education, District-level initiative, Metro Vancouver Region, 2016-2017


For the 2016-2017 school year, the district hired a full-time French-speaking Aboriginal Education teacher to work especially with French Immersion teachers and students to help with the implementation of the new curriculum. This was a great initiative to facilitate the infusion of First People's Principles of learning and aboriginal content into our classrooms. Pascale Goodrich-Black visited all French Immersion schools and worked side-by-side with teachers to develop learning activities with a First People's focus. She also developed teaching materials to accompany the books included in our First Nations Literacy kits. Through her work with classroom teachers at all levels, Pascale helped facilitate activities around the "Projet du coeur"; she worked with others who wanted to implement talking circles in their classrooms; she also did some drumming workshops with younger students. In addition to her work in classrooms, Pascale facilitated an Aboriginal Education Focus Group where teachers came, after school, to share teaching ideas and resources. 


French Immersion teachers truly appreciated having someone to help them navigate this area of the new curriclum and having learning resources in French. We now have at least fifteen French Immersion teachers, ranging from K-12, who want to continue to be part of the Focus Group next year to deepen their understanding of First People's Principles of learning and how to better integrate them into their teaching. We hope to be able to continue this initiative in the future.