The Sooke School District ensures that Aboriginal students receive a quality education that fosters a strong sense of pride, confidence and knowledge of their heritage.
Aboriginal students make up approximately 10% of students enrolled in the Sooke School District. Of these students 14% are First Nations living on Scia’new, Pacheedaht or T’Sou-ke Nations while over 86% live off reserve throughout the Sooke School District. Many of our students are self-identified (status and/or non-status) Metis or Inuit from regions across Canada. Over 889.5 students currently receive academic support and culture/language programs through our Aboriginal Education services.
Aboriginal Education & Vision
The following documents show how Aboriginal Education is intertwined in every day learning in our school district as well as the processes we took to get here.
The following services are also offered to Aboriginal Students & Families:
Academic support across the curriculum K to grade 12 directly in the classrooms
Culture and Language Programs
Role Model Programs
Scholarship & Award Advising
Aboriginal Leadership opportunities, such as Me to We, Sacred Circle
Speakers and Workshops
Aboriginal Education Council
School Community Events:
Family Fall Gathering – October 24th
Celebrating Student Success – February 27th
Recognition Ceremony – May 25th
Aboriginal Resources lists from District Resource Centre
Community Literacy connections
First Nations Graduation Program, Westshore Annex
Advocacy for core courses BC First Nation Studies 12 and English 10, 11, 12 First Peoples
Traditional Territory Acknowledgement
Territory Acknowledgments honour and show respect to the nations who have lived, worked and played in a location since time immemorial. We are proud of the relationships we have with our three local nations, and use the words gifted by them in our territory acknowledgements. The Douglas Treaty area is unceded territory or land that has never been surrendered historically. Pacheedaht Nation does not have a treaty and is unceded territory. SD62 Territory Acknowledgement Information
Kathleen King-Hunt – District Principal for Aboriginal Education – (250) 474-9879
Leslie Morison – Aboriginal Education Secretary – (250) 474-9833