English First Peoples Course Now Implemented
Karmen Brillon – FNESC Curriculum and Exams Coordinator, and Jo-Anne Chrona – Teacher at Prince Rupert Secondary School introduced the English First Peoples 12 Course in 2007 and released it to schools as a Pilot Program in the Fall of 2007.
The EFP12 course is hoped to be accepted at a provincial, national and international level, although it has not yet reached the international level yet, it has reached some parts of Canada including the North West Territories. EFP12 was originally planned to be piloted to 10 schools, but changes were made immediately to accommodate 14 lucky schools. My former high school, Stein Valley Nlakapamux School, was the only First Nations Independent School to grasp the opportunity as one of the 14.
During the Pilot term, EFP12 had proven itself to be successful, although children and parents found it to be challenging, they enjoyed it so much, it showed in the course examination. There was a success story mentioned during the time spent with Karmen and Anne, it brought us to knowing that course references really aren’t as “lame” as they seem, they’re “terrific” when planned out the right way. EFP12 is now a credited course and is currently being accepted by many recognized institutions, and Universities, it can also be used in obtaining Scholarships. For more visit www.fnesc.ca/efp12
After being piloted, the course has been implemented in 40+ First Nations and Non First Nations Schools across Canada. The demand for this course is in higher demand and is being met with high hopes. There are plans in the making for new EFP courses to be taught in the Grades 10 and 11 curriculums, these plans are projected to enter schools in the fall of 2008.
This course would not have been a success if it weren’t for the hard working advisory team that helped put it together, the students and parents played a large role in keeping this course alive for more to enjoy.
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