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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
Expressions of First Nation, Métis and Inuit Cultures

This course explores various First Nation, Métis, and Inuit art forms (media arts, music, dance, drama, storytelling, visual art, installation and performance art, clothing design, and architectural design), giving students the opportunity to create, present, and analyse integrated art works infused with First Nation, Métis, and Inuit perspectives. Students will examine relationships between art forms and individual and cultural identities, histories, and values. Students will demonstrate innovation as they learn and apply art-related concepts, styles, and conventions and acquire skills that are transferable beyond the classroom. Students will use the creative process and responsible practices to explore solutions to integrated arts challenges.
Prerequisite: None

NAC 2O
First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Peoples in Canada

This course explores the histories of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Canada from precontact to the present day. Students will examine the impact of past social, cultural, economic, political, and legal trends and developments on First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities and individuals. Students will apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process to investigate a range of issues, events, and interactions that have affected First Nation, Métis, and Inuit peoples, including those that continue to affect relations between Indigenous peoples and other Canadians today.

NBE 3C
English: Contemporary First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Voices - College Preparation

This course explores themes, forms, and styles of literary, informational, graphic, oral, cultural, and media texts about and from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures in Canada. Students will study the use of text forms by Indigenous authors from various periods and cultures to express themes such as identity, relationships, and sovereignty. Students will create oral, written, and media texts to explore their own ideas and understanding, focusing on the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 12 English college preparation course.
Prerequisite: Grade 10 English, Academic or Applied

NBE 3E
English: Contemporary First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Voices - Workplace Preparation

This course explores themes, forms, and stylistic elements of literary, informational, graphic, oral, cultural, and media texts about and from First Nation, Métis, and Inuit cultures in Canada. Students will investigate the connections between texts and cultural and community aspects of identity, relationships, and sovereignty. Students will create oral, written, and media texts focusing on the development of literacy, communication, and critical thinking skills necessary for success in the workplace and daily life. The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 12 English workplace preparation course.
Prerequisite: Grade 10 English, Academic, Applied, or Locally Developed

NBE 3U
English: Contemporary First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Voices - University Preparation

This course explores themes, forms, and stylistic elements of a range of literary, informational, graphic, oral, cultural, and media texts about and from First Nation, Métis, and Inuit cultures in Canada. Students will analyse the changing use of text forms by Indigenous authors from various periods and cultures to express themes such as identity, relationships, and sovereignty. Students will create oral, written, and media texts to explore their own ideas and understanding, focusing on the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 12 English university or college preparation course.
Prerequisite: Grade 10 English, Academic