Students assisted staff in making Bannock
ABORIGINAL EDUCATION ADVOCATE
Aboriginal Education Advocates are proactive members of the school staff who support the educational program and services of Aboriginal students and assist teachers and parent/guardians to increase and promote student success by advocating for students and the school. They act as a positive Aboriginal role model for students and promote pride in Aboriginal culture. Aboriginal Education Advocates function as a member of the school-based team and participate in team meetings regarding progress and placement of students. They also work and consult with teachers and parents to discuss the social, emotional and academic progress of all Aboriginal students on a regular basis.
First Nations Studies
First Nations Studies 8-10 – In these courses, students will explore First Nations culture, literature and history. These courses have a literacy focus – students will read at least one novel by an Aboriginal writer as well as short literature – some stories, legends, poetry and non-fiction. Students study local and national Aboriginal history and culture. Elders and community members will come in to help us learn about the local area.
First Nations Studies 12 is a study of the traditions and history of BC's First Nations peoples for all students' regardless of their cultural background. This course focuses on the richness and diversity of First Nations languages and cultures within their own context including oral traditions, creation stories, First Nations literature and art. Students will look at the history of contact with Europeans and evolving responses of BC First Nations to contact, leadership and self-determination in the 20th century studies.