English 12 First Peoples is the academic equivalent of English 12. This course is intended for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students. The focus of this course is on the experiences, values, beliefs and lived realities of First Peoples as evidenced in various forms of text including: story, speech, drama, dance, song, film, prose, and oral stories. The recurrence of central themes such as identity, the significance of colonization, humour, healing, and culture inform this course. Creative expression, including a people’s language and literature, informs identity in incalculable ways. Accordingly, questions such as Who am I? What are my roots? are of particular relevance for in- class discussions and reflective writing. Through the study of First Peoples literature, all students can gain insight into the diverse factors that have shaped and continue to shape their own identities.