Surrey School District Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement

Inspired by the content of school curricula, which incorporate Aboriginal knowledge and beliefs from some of Canada`s most successful Aboriginal learning programs, symposium participants return to their schools and classrooms with ideas, motivation and a support network to help them implement the changes. Gabrielle-Roy School is a French elementary and secondary school in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. It serves the French-speaking population of the Greater Vancouver Regional District. The school was built on the new site after the previous one was triggered by a fireworks display in the school library. The school was named after French-Canadian author Gabrielle Roy. The Gabrielle-Roy School now has the International Intermediate Baccalaureate and diploma programs for classes 7 to 12. The Ministry of Education also encourages districts to work with local First Nations, Métis or Inuit communities to jointly build an agreement to improve Aboriginal education (AEEA). The EAEA establishes a partnership between Aboriginal communities and school districts, which includes joint decision-making and specific goals to meet the educational needs of Aboriginal students. Aboriginal Education Wants: In May 2016, 36 20-year-old Aboriginal youth representing all provinces and territories worked at Mnidoo Mnising (Manitoulin Island) to collect youth wisdom convened by the Rideau Hall Foundation. Three of these young leaders, Cheyenne, Greg and Mélanie-Rose, will present the Youth Declaration, which will address four important recommendations for improving Aboriginal education. From a youth perspective, they will invite allies to work towards a fair education system for all young people in Canada.

H`a H`a Tumxuluax means “Holy Land” in the sinixt language, which is the hereditary nation of the Arrow Lakes region of B.C. This keynote presentation explains how educators have been successful in using traditional Aboriginal principles, protocols and concepts, while developing an outdoor education program based on cultural projects for youth at risk. Learn how a pedagogical formula based on Aboriginal methods of knowledge and learning through traditional ceremonies, language and history was designed to ensure that students acquire the skills to form a positive and healthy relationship with themselves, with others and with Mother Earth. Be inspired by how this program has successfully engaged parents and community elders to train employees, to ensure that all cultural protocols and sacred laws have been followed. As a result, students` suicidal thoughts and addictions have turned into a living life that confirms hope – their despair and depression have been put aside by daring to dream of a future for themselves. This exhilarating guide will encourage alumni, knowledge guardians and educators of all colors to stand up and repeat their own variation of this program in their school district and community. On the basis of this sense of urgency to reduce the number of Aboriginal students who associate with the school – and drop out – First Nations and provincial educators are taking risks and implementing courageous, culturally relevant, community-supported programs that are deeply involved in how Aboriginal students learn and learn. These successful programs deserve our attention. Therefore, instead of addressing the challenges faced by Aboriginal education leaders, the AEC will take the opportunity to present pragmatic, successful and reproducible examples of classroom practice for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learners.