British Columbia is home to almost 244,000 Punjabi-speaking citizens. This project reflects a diverse community and is meant to engage learners in a critical study of Punjabi-Sikh pioneer contributions to Canada. The goal is for all students in Langley to see themselves and their peers well represented in meaningful ways. We use the term “Sikh” to refer to people associated with the Sikh religion. We use the term “Punjabi” to refer to both a language and/or a person who belongs to Punjabi culture. The Punjabi language and Punjabi people originate from Punjab, a state (province) in both India and Pakistan. Sikh and Punjabi can both be used together and separately to describe a people.
This project and its teachings attempt to reflect and embed First People’s Principles of Learning. Specifically:
- Learning ultimately supports the well-being of the self, the family, the community, the land, the spirits, and the ancestors.
- Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational (focused on connectedness, on reciprocal relationships, and a sense of place).
- Learning is embedded in memory, history, and story.
- Learning requires exploration of one’s identity.
For more exploration of the First Peoples Principles of Learning, go here.
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