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Indigenous Education

School District 53 Indigenous Education

Our district is dedicated to enhancing and increasing school success for our Indigenous learners. The Indigenous Education Advisory Council represents interests in the design, implementation and assessment of programs and services to improve the school experience and academic achievement of Indigenous students.

 

We honor the traditions of the sukənaqin* and sməlqmix* people and support their commitment to the preservation of nsíyilxcən* and culture, and further, we acknowledge the nsíyilxcən as the principle language of this territory.  Our enhancement agreement honors our partnerships and recognizes the collective responsibility for the success of all Indigenous learners
For further information contact:
 
Marcus Toneatto, Director of Learning and Inquiry 
 
Helen Gallagher, District Indigenous Teacher 
 
Learn to speak Okanagan!
 
 
 
First People's Principles of Learning
Our school is guided by the First People's Principles of Learning, which states:
  • Learning ultimately supports the well-being of the self, the family, the community, the land, the spirits, and the ancestors.
  • Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational (focused on connectedness, on reciprocal relationships, and a sense of place).
  • Learning involves recognizing the consequences of one’s actions.
  • Learning involves generational roles and responsibilities.
  • Learning recognizes the role of indigenous knowledge.
  • Learning is embedded in memory, history, and story.
  • Learning involves patience and time.
  • Learning requires exploration of one’s identity.
  • Learning involves recognizing that some knowledge is sacred and only shared with permission and/or in certain situations
Our Grade 2 class with their food chief bear masks
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