“The Good, the Bad, and the Messy”: Secondary and Intermediate science lesson and strategies using contemporary Indigenous knowledge.

Ten lesson plan ideas and learning strategies for senior secondary science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science,) and intermediate science curriculum which melds Indigenous learning and knowledge, contemporary understanding and school content from a non-indigenous teacher perspective including personal learning experiences of trip-ups, stumbles and ah-ha moments.   

Target Audience

Intermediate and secondary educators.


12:45 PM - 2:15 PM
Room 103

No prior registration required.


  • Coquitlam School District / Peace River North School District
    Jill Gorsic

    Driven by curiosity, Jill has enjoyed 25 years as an educator having worked in a variety of teaching roles and participating in numerous professional development opportunities including a Masters study at Simon Fraser University in education leadership. The majority of Jill's career was served in the Burnaby School District teaching the secondary sciences including: senior biology, junior sciences, science and technology and earth science. She has also served as science department head and instructed math, physical health education, and student leadership. As a faculty associate in SFU's education department, Jill collaborated with university educators, student teachers and school associates to integrate Indigenous ways of learning and traditional knowledge with intention and trial as part of the teaching practice. During this time, she developed a greater understanding of the devastating results of Eurocentric models of education, past cultural genocidal government policies and lack of understanding and knowledge of Indigenous culture within the education system. It was this experience that sent Jill on a trajectory towards purposefully melding Indigenous learning and knowledge, contemporary understanding and school content in her own pedagogy. Jill and her family also lived in Fort St. John, BC for three years where she continued to challenge herself teaching Grade 7 core subjects and Grade 9 science. 20% of the middle school's student population identified themselves as part of the Treaty 8 Nations, Metis or Inuit. Local Indigenous knowledge and student knowledge became a key resource in creating context to the content and competencies presented in her courses. Presently, Jill continues her adventures in teaching with Coquitlam School District as an educator and lives with her family in Belcarra, BC.