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English First Peoples 11

English First Peoples: Literary Studies and Writing 11

Course Overview

Big Ideas

First Peoples  texts  and  stories  provide insight into key aspects of Canada’s past, present, and future

First Peoples literature plays a role within the process of  Reconciliation 

People understand text differently depending on their worldviews and perspectives

The exploration of  text  deepens understanding of one’s identity, others, and the world

Texts are socially, culturally, geographically, and historically constructed

Self-representation through  authentic First Peoples text  is a means to foster justice.


English First Peoples Literary Studies and Writing 11 is designed for students who are interested in studying First Peoples literature and using writing for self-expression and communication in a variety of contexts. Students delve deeply into First Peoples oral and written literature in a range of media to explore various themes, authors, and topics. This provides a foundation for them to think critically and creatively as they continue to explore, extend, and strengthen their own writing.

Where does this course fit?

  • Prerequisites: Any English Studies 10 course.
  • Graduation Status: This course counts towards graduation as a Language Arts 11 course, and in addition includes the Indigenous content necessary for graduation.

Course Materials

  • You will be reading Richard Wagamese’s novel  Indian Horse.  Please borrow it from our VLN library or at your local library.

Brief Outline



First People’s perspective

Cultural appropriation and authenticity and an exploration of stereotypes

Indigenous art and culture

Indigenous perspectives in art and culture and contemporary Indigenous cultural revival.

Novel study , Indian Horse

A study of Richard Wagamese’s Indian Horse, and its implications, requiring a literary essay on the novel

Exploring Indigenous poetry

Learning from poet Lee Maracle, and using figurative language in poetry.

Short fiction: Exploring the Trickster

The Trickster archetype and two Trickster stories

Personal identity and reconciliation

Personal identity and reconciliation, national truth and reconciliation, personal reflection

Assessment Percentage Breakdown

Assessment Type

Percentage of the Course

Small Assignments


Large Assignments


Midterm exam


Final exam


You have up to a year to complete your course.

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