Our School District is on the lands of both the Shuswap and the Ktunaxa people. We have more than 500 students in our District who identify as having Indigenous ancestry. We have an Indigenous Support Services Program across our District and 12 Indigenous Education Support Workers (IESWs) who work with their Principals to develop a Service Delivery Plan each year, a plan which connects to the School and District Plans for Student Success, and the Indigenous Learning Agreements to the two bands. The Service Delivery Plan outlines how resources will target identified areas of need in that school among the Indigenous student population.
In Windermere Zone of the District, there are two Bands, the Shuswap Band (www.shuswapband.net) and the Akisqnuk First Nation (http://akisqnuk.org/home/), with whom we have a Local Education Agreements in place. We also have a relationship with the Metis Nation Columbia River Society (http://www.mnbc.ca/chartered-communities/kootenays), the Columbia Valley Metis Association, and the Rocky Mountain Metis Association (all at the same address), which operate within the boundaries of our School District as part of Metis Nation BC). We have many students in our School District who have Indigenous ancestry but are not connected with a specific group or organization. Our support services program strives to serve all these students with a view to the overarching goal of enhancing the success of our students.
These documents reflect implicit and explicit references to Indigenous Knowledge and Perspectives throughout the K-12 Curriculum. Educators may use this resource to easily access where Indigenous Knowledge and Perspectives intersect with the curriculum in every area of learning at every grade level.