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Secondary School
Aim High
Aboriginal Education

Aboriginal Education at DTSS

Aboriginal support workers: Monica Fisher​ & Shynai Borho​​


  • Positive and Safe Community Aboriginal Role Models​
  • Provide a safe and respectful classroom for all students.  We are "moms at school with wide open arms" Christy Tallman 2010
  • Liaison:  between School District Staff, Administrators, Students & Parents,  Chief & Council, Child & Family, Youth Court Workers, Probation Officers, Restorative Justice, RCMP, Medical System, Education Systems, Treatment Programs, Tribal Council, all Outside Agencies
  • Instill and support the power of education & self worth as an individual person and most importantly as an aboriginal person
  • Be respectful to the different Nations represented in our school

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                  • Pre-contact
                  • Contact-Assimilation
                  • Residential School History & Survivors
                  • Tour of St. Eugene's Residential School & Interpretive Centre & Residential School Survivor Speakers
                  • Myth Busting
                  • Arts and Crafts
                  • Legends, Creation Stories
                  • Employment Opportunities
                  • Blanket Teachings
                  • Medicine Circle Teachings

Aboriginal Themed Opportunities
  • Textiles: Regalia
  • PE: Aboriginal Games: Stone game, stick game
  • Woodworking: Scroll woodworking projects,importance of animal  symbolism
  • Native Arts Club: Open to all students in the school
  • Educational Powwow


  • Akisqnuk & Shuswap and Métis Community Elders
  • DTSS, local Libraries, Museum and St. Eugene's Interpretive Centre
  • Internet: First Voices- all BC Aboriginal Languages , Secwepemc (Shuswap), Ktunaxa, Métis and all other First Nations Groups
  • Ktunaxa Kinbasket Child and Family
  • Ktunaxa Kinbasket Area Council
  • Ktunaxa Kinbasket Aboriginal Training Council​dressedfordancing.JPG
  • Métis Nation of British Columbia (MNBC)
  • North Columbia Métis Association
  • Gabriel Dumont Institute

Post Secondary Opportunities

  • Only a certain number of  Status students will receive partial to full funding…not every qualifying student can go.
  • Only a percentage of students that apply can be funded and it is based on band population stats that have not kept up with the need. Example: 3.2 students in any given year for one local band.
  • Local Bands are allotted the funds and decisions are made by the Education Coordinators at the Shuswap & Akisqnuk Band Halls

For more information:

  • Local Band Funding for Status Students
  • Local scholarships and Bursaries
  • National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation

For more information on aboriginal support programs in our school please contact our staff.

Click here to check out what we have done in the past!​ 

David Thompson
Secondary School

1535-14th St. Unit 1, Invermere, BC V0A1K4 Phone: 250-342-9213 Fax: 250-342-6966 Office Hours:
8:00 - 4:00 (Monday - Thursday)
8:00 - 2:00 (Friday)
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