English First Peoples

Course Updates

Course Resources


This page is for students in an English First Peoples 11 course with Mr. Kertes at Charles Hays Secondary (CHSS) in Prince Rupert, BC – in the territory of the Ts’msyen.

Course Summary

Read, speak, and hear literature of the Ts’msyen, Sami, Stó:lo, Spokane, Québécois, Ojibwe, Nisga’a, Métis, Māori, Inuit, Irish, Heiltsuk, Haisla, Haida, Dene, Coeur d’Alene, Cherokee, Celtic, Canadian, American, and African American peoples. Explore the themes of placelanguageinterest, and being through course texts and other shared experiences of First Peoples from here and other places. In relation to these texts and experiences, write an expository essay, textual analysis essay, persuasive or argumentative essay, and poem or collection of poems. Participate in a debate, dialogue, oral short story telling, and short play. Interpret and respond to various texts with complex themes and structures. Create a major work by working through a rigorous process of thinking, sharing, writing, revising, editing, and performing/publishing. This course is grounded in the literature and experiences of the Ts’msyen and other Coastal First Nation societies.

Start of Term – Parent/Guardian Information

  • Meet and Greet Invite (pdf)
  • Families are welcome to meet Mr. Kertes and to ask questions about the upcoming term.
  • Come to room 308 on Monday Sept. 11, 2023 anytime between 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM. Light refreshments will be provided and younger (and older) siblings are certainly welcome!

Mr. Kertes is a public school teacher in Prince Rupert, in the territory of the Ts’msyen.