Welcome To Indigenous Education
The Indigenous Education Department of School District No.57 is located on the Ancestral Lands of Lheidli T'enneh. School District No.57 serves the communities of Prince George, Mackenzie, McBride, and Valemount. We honor and respect the people and lands of the Lheidli T'enneh, McLeod Lake Indian Band, and Simpcw First Nation of whose territories we operate on and service.
We currently have 3,651 Indigenous students within our district. Indigenous Students make up approximately 30% of our total student population. The Indigenous Education Department consists of 83 staff members that focus on Indigenous Education. The initiatives that the Indigenous Education Department works on are; curriculum, academics, culture, language, and social /emotional support. The Indigenous Education Department works collaboratively with all departments and schools within School District No.57 to ensure that Indigenous Education is woven into all classrooms for inclusive learning.
The Indigenous Education Department of School District No.57 offers a variety of services with the goal of closing the educational/opportunity gap for Indigenous students. The goal is to infuse Indigenous perspectives across the curriculum for all students, as well as by providing direct wrap-around supports to enhance the overall achievement of Indigenous students throughout School District No. 57.
Indigenous Education Workers strive to improve the awareness of Indigenous peoples; through one-on-one, group support; as well as classroom presentations to weave Indigenous Culture into the curriculum. The Indigenous Education Workers assist Indigenous students and their families in understanding the school system and in participating effectively in the school community. These learning experiences serve to foster authentic student engagement, to reinforce pride and self-esteem amongst Indigenous students. The Indigenous Education Worker encourages Indigenous students to see themselves in a positive way to establish a sense of belonging within the community.