Special Series: Beyond Beads and Bannock
September 4 - 7 on CBC Radio One, CBC-TV, and online
As school starts across British Columbia, CBC British Columbia is taking an in-depth look at Indigenous curriculum in B.C. schools.
Beyond Beads and Bannock is the mantra of Nella Nelson, a leader in developing Indigenous curriculum who is featured in the week-long series. Listen, read, and watch on CBC Radio One (local morning shows and afternoon drive shows), CBC-TV, and online at cbc.ca/bc.
The series will feature:
Tuesday, September 4
- Should an Indigenous-focused course be mandatory for graduation in B.C.?
- A look back at textbooks used in B.C.'s history, revealing racist and inaccurate portrayals of Indigenous people.
Wednesday, September 5
- Kwalgiulth artist Carey Newman is co-authoring a book for middle school students about residential school. The book is based on his Witness Blanket, an artwork composed of artifacts from residential schools.
- Grade three students at the ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Tribal school study SENĆOŦEN through land-based instruction in their own garden.
Thursday, September 6
- Students at Langley Fine Arts School share how studying Indigenous curriculum transformed their perspective on education and history.
- What are the challenges for a non-Indigenous teacher to incorporate culturally accurate Indigenous curriculum in the classroom?
Friday, September 7
- B.C.'s Minister of Education Rob Fleming discusses the new Indigenous curriculum being used in B.C. classrooms, and responds to the call for a mandatory Indigenous-focused course.
- A look at B.C.'s first Indigenous choice school, located in one of the most challenged areas of Prince George. Staff have learned teaching kids means building a community.