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Aboriginal Education Values

Success for All – What’s good for Aboriginal students is good for ALL students.  We believe in the following values:

  • A sense of belonging is the foundation of students’ success
  • Aboriginal identity as a source of strength within NLPS
  • Gathering strength from our past will guide our future
  • An approach to learning that is reflective of an Indigenous world view
  • Having dignity, purpose and options as measures of ‘success’ for self and students

Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement

  • The Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement (AEEA) is a signed partnership between the school district, the Ministry of Education and our five Aboriginal community partner groups.
  • The AEEA ensures our Aboriginal communities are partners in our educational mandate.
  • Our current AEEA is the third such agreement and we will start working on the development of the fourth one in 2015-16.
  • Stay tuned for updates on the consultation process.

The grandfathers and the grandmothers are in the children - teach them well. - Ojibway

Overview of Aboriginal Programs and Services

There are 2,145 Aboriginal students in Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools   Aboriginal students are First Nation, Metis and Inuit.

The support from Aboriginal Education is intended to enhance the experience of our Aboriginal students. This support is intended to be in class, in school support that can benefit not only our Aboriginal students, but all students.

Elementary School Aboriginal Staff

  • At least one Aboriginal Education staff member in every school
  • Academic support – in class only
  • Assist school based educators serving elementary Aboriginal students
  • Cultural support – encourage the inclusion of Aboriginal culture in classrooms and school
  • Social emotional support – provides strategies or refers as necessary
  • Provide advocacy for Aboriginal students and their needs
  • Liaison support- work with parents to strengthen the home-school team

Secondary School Aboriginal Staff

  • Aboriginal Education teams at every secondary school that includes: 1 teacher and 1 – 3 Aboriginal education assistants.
  • Academic support – in class; one-on-one
  • Assist school based educators serving secondary Aboriginal students
  • Cultural support – encourage the inclusion of Aboriginal culture in classrooms and school; support in the delivery of BC First Nations Studies 11/12 and English First Peoples.
  • Social emotional support – provides strategies or refers as necessary
  • Provide advocacy for Aboriginal students and their needs
  • Liaison support- work with parents to strengthen the home-school team

Aboriginal Education Team

Director of Instruction Laura Tait ltait@sd68.bc.ca 250 741-5318

District Vice-Principal Anne Tenning anne.tenning@sd68.bc.ca 250 741-5319

District Assistant Aboriginal Education Patti McCarthy pmccarthy@sd68.bc.ca 250 741-5318

Enhancement Coordinator Aboriginal Education Carlo Pavan carlo.pavan@sd68.bc.ca

Enhancement Coordinator Aboriginal Education Michelle Sokoloski michelle.sokoloski@sd68.bc.ca 250 741-5274

District Aboriginal Education Staff by School

Hul’q’umi’num Culture and Language Program Schedule

Aboriginal Achievement Awards

The Aboriginal Achievement Awards for the 2016-17 school year were selected. Check out the recipients.

Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives in the Classroom

Educators from around the province speak about the importance of including Aboriginal education throughout the education system. Check it out.