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Secondary Curriculum

The Ontario Secondary Native Studies Curriculum.

Native studies courses are offered at Fort Erie Secondary School and the St. Catharines Collegiate. Please refer to the DSBN course offerings and school websites below:

Secondary School Program & Course Calendar:

School Websites:

Course Descriptions:

NAC 1O
Expressing Aboriginal Cultures

This course examines Aboriginal cultures in Canada through an exploration of art forms - painting, sculpture, storytelling, dance, and music. - created by Aboriginal artists. Students will learn to identify Aboriginal art forms and describe relationships between the art forms and Aboriginal traditions, philosophy, and culture. Students will also create their own art forms to express their understanding of Aboriginal identity, relationships, and sovereignty.

NAC 2O
Aboriginal People in Canada

This course emphasizes historical and contemporary issues that affect the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and Canadian governments. Students will examine legal, political, social, and economic issues; key aspects of the Indian Act and its revisions that have an impact on the daily lives of Aboriginal persons; the different types of relationships that Aboriginal peoples have established with other nations throughout history; and the methodology of historical inquiry.

NBE 3C
Contemporary Aboriginal Voices - College Preparation

This course emphasizes the development of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills through the study of works in English by Aboriginal writers. Students will study the content, form, and style of informational texts and literacy and media works, and will develop an appreciation of the wealth and complexity of Aboriginal writing. Students will also write reports, correspondence, and persuasive essays, and analyze the relationship between media forms and audiences. An important focus will be on establishing appropriate voice and using business and technical language with precision and clarity.
Prerequisite: Grade 10 English, Academic or Applied

NBE 3E
Contemporary Aboriginal Voices - Workplace Preparation

This course emphasizes the development of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills through the study of works in English by Aboriginal writers. Students will study the content, form, and style of informational texts and literacy and media works, and will develop an appreciation of the wealth and complexity of Aboriginal writing. Students will also write explanations, letters, and reports, and will investigate the connections between media forms and audiences. An important focus will be on using language clarity, accurately, and effectively in a variety of contexts.
Prerequisite: Grade 10 English, Academic or Applied