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New – Indigenous-Focused Graduation Requirement – Grade 9 and 10

New – Indigenous-Focused Graduation Requirement – Grade 9

As part of the Province of British Columbia’s commitments to truth, reconciliation, and anti- racism, the Ministry of Education has announced that it will be implementing an Indigenous- focused graduation requirement for all students. This change to the graduation requirement will be in place for students graduating in the 2023/24 school year (current grade 10s) and beyond.

The change requires that 4 credits of the current 80 credit graduation requirements for the BC Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma) include an Indigenous-focused course(s).

As this information was not available at the time of course selection, we want to give our Grade 9 students the opportunity to plan for meeting this new graduation requirement prior to their grade 12 year.

We will be holding an assembly for our Grade 9 students next Wednesday, April 27th at 9:15 am, to explain these requirements and to provide students with a course selection form should they choose to add an Indigenous-focused course for next year.

Eligible course options being offered at SCHOOL next year are listed below:

Grade 10 option that meets the Indigenous-focused course requirement:

  • English First Peoples 10

Grade 11 options that meet the Indigenous-focused course requirement:

  • English First Peoples 11
  • BC First Peoples 12

If a student does not meet the Indigenous-focused course requirement in grade 11, we anticipate that these will be the Grade 12 options that meet the Indigenous-focused course requirement in 2023-2024.

  • English First Peoples 11
  • BC First Peoples 12

It is important to note that the English First Peoples 10, 11 & 12 courses meet the Language Arts requirements for graduation. They are equivalent to the English 10, 11 & 12 courses that we offer, and they are recognized and accepted as such by all universities and post-secondary institutions in BC. In addition, the BC First Peoples 12 course meets the Social Studies 11 requirement for graduation.

The big ideas, learning standards, curricular competencies and course content for all courses can be viewed at the BC Ministry of Education Curriculum website.

For more information on the new Indigenous-Focused Graduation Requirement please refer to the BC Ministry of Education document Indigenous-Focused Grad Requirement Overview.

If you have any questions about taking these courses next year or planning for graduation, please contact your counsellor.

“Reconciliation is not an aboriginal problem – it is a Canadian problem. It involves all of us.” “Education got us here and education will get us out.” – Honorable Justice Murray Sinclair, chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

New – Indigenous-Focused Graduation Requirement – Grade 10

As part of the Province of British Columbia’s commitments to truth, reconciliation, and anti- racism, the Ministry of Education has announced that it will be implementing an Indigenous- focused graduation requirement for all students. This change to the graduation requirement will be in place for students graduating in the 2023/24 school year (current grade 10s) and beyond.

The change requires that 4 credits of the current 80 credit graduation requirements for the BC Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma) include an Indigenous-focused course(s).

As this information was not available at the time of course selection, we want to give our students the opportunity to plan for meeting this new graduation requirement prior to their grade 12 year.

We will be holding an assembly for our Grade 10 students on Thursday afternoon to explain these requirements and to provide students with a course selection form should they choose to add an Indigenous-focused course for next year.

Eligible course options being offered at SCHOOL next year are listed below:

Grade 11 options that meet the Indigenous-focused course requirement:

  • English First Peoples 11
  • BC First Peoples 12

If a student does not meet the Indigenous-focused course requirement in grade 11, we anticipate that these will be the Grade 12 options that meet the Indigenous-focused course requirement in 2023-24.

  • English First Peoples 11
  • BC First Peoples 12

It is important to note that the English First Peoples 11 & 12 courses meet the Language Arts requirements for graduation. They are equivalent to the English 11 & 12 courses that we offer, and they are recognized and accepted as such by all universities and post-secondary institutions in BC. In addition, the BC First Peoples 12 course meets the Social Studies 11 requirement for graduation.

The big ideas, learning standards, curricular competencies and course content for all courses can be viewed at the BC Ministry of Education Curriculum website.

For more information on the new Indigenous-Focused Graduation Requirement please refer to the BC Ministry of Education document Indigenous-Focused Grad Requirement Overview.

If you have any questions about taking these courses next year or planning for graduation, please contact your counsellor.

“Reconciliation is not an aboriginal problem – it is a Canadian problem. It involves all of us.” “Education got us here and education will get us out.” – Honorable Justice Murray Sinclair, chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.