First Peoples’ Principles of Learning & Indigenous Perspectives

The First Peoples Principles of Learning (FPPL) were developed by the Ministry of Education in partnership with the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC). The FPPL do not reflect the learning principles of any individual nation in British Columbia; however, they are generally recognized as relating to many of the more commonly held perspectives on education by the First Peoples in British Columbia (Chrona, 2014).

Though we recognize the importance of incorporating Indigenous content into our classrooms, the FPPL are more suited to guiding planning and teaching that supports the engagement with Indigenous pedagogies and perspectives. The FPPL can also assist educators to engage with a more wholistic approach to their classroom practices which benefits all learners.


A link to the FNESC website (First Nations Education Steering Committee). Free downloadable resources to support teaching and learning from an aboriginal perspective including Math, Residential Schools, Science, and resources for Primary Teachers.

The BC Ministry of Education “Aboriginal Education” [Link Broken]Resource includes links to instructional examples and resources created by several school districts.

School District Resources: Many BC school districts including NorthVanSD44, Comox Valley SD71 have some excellent resources available and Maple Ridge has a Unit planning template supportive of incorporating indigenous pedagogies (Visit our School District Planning Templates page). Visit your own virtual school district learning resource site to see what is available to support local studies in your area and remember to contact your school/district’s aboriginal helping teacher for support and to inquire about bringing knowledgeable guests and elders to the classroom where possible.


Chrona, J. L. (2014). Background of FPPL and current contexts. Retrieved from


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