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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.