The Fin’s Friends program is designed to teach the basic elements of character education and social responsibility to primary students throughout British Columbia. Students are taught to respect themselves and others by emphasizing the virtues of strong character, such as compassion, kindness, and perseverance. Specific children’s literature is used as a basis to stress these positive character virtues and all books are included in the package.

What makes Fin’s Friends so unique is that it completely fulfills the British Columbia curriculum mandates for Social Responsibility in primary grades, as outlined in the “BC Performance Standards – Social Responsibility, Grades K-3". We were able to ensure this by partnering with local educators throughout the entire development process. By focusing on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that help the learner make responsible choices Fin’s Friends develops the building blocks for life-long success. The curricula for each grade components are distinct from one another, with different literature and emphasized virtues:

  • Kindergarten teaches compassion and fairness

  • Grade one curriculum teaches kindness, perseverance, and peacefulness

  • Grade two curriculum teaches respect and responsibility

  • Grade three curriculum teaches courage and citizenship

Over the past 15 years, Fin’s Friends has been in more than 5,000 primary classrooms in both English and French Immersion across British Columbia. In that time, more than 125,000 students have participating in the valuable character education program. Fin’s Friends is made possible thanks to funding from the Canucks for Kids Fund.