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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

  • District Principal Ted Cadwallader ted.cadwallader@sd68.bc.ca 250 741-5318

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

    Enhancement Coordinator Aboriginal Education TBD

    District Aboriginal Education Staff by School

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

  • The Elder Project

  • Since February 2017, Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools has participated in three meaningful projects thanks to the innovative work of renowned poet Wendy Morton.  Both NDSS and Ladysmith Secondary participated in the Elder Project and Who We Are (a spinoff of the Elder Project).