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Program Overview

 The Indigenous Education Department in SD67 offers various supports and opportunities for students of Indigenous ancestry. Our goal is to enhance educational, social, and cultural opportunities for all Indigenous students.

Some of the highlights of participating in the INED program include:

Cultural enrichment: students are provided with opportunities to learn about Indigenous culture and history through INED staff presentations, guest speakers, stories, videos, art activities, etc. – in the regular classroom setting with all students. Students are also invited to participate in field trip experiences when available.

Academic support: INED staff provide support to Indigenous students in the classroom.  In some schools, students may go to an INED room for additional support.  Many schools also offer INED tutorial sessions at lunchtime.

Advocacy: the Indigenous Educat​ion staff member at every school advocate on behalf of Indigenous students and their families.  Some of the ways that INED staff can assist is by helping Indigenous students/families connect with school-based staff and administration, or with outside agency support when it is needed.

Other program opportunities: many schools from elementary through high school offer "Girl Power" and "2-B-Boys" groups; at the high school level, students can earn credits for completing Indigenous Leadership or Cultural Connections 12. Students may also participate in the Syilx Land-Based Learning Project in partnership with the En'owkin Centre.

Scholarship, bursary, and post-secondary and community program opportunities: students in the INED program are informed about these opportunities throughout their high school years​.

 INED Program Eligibility:​

  • Self Identification of Indigenous Ancestry (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit): Indigenous ancestry is determined on a voluntary basis through self-identification.
  • Status cards, Métis citizenship cards, etc. are NOT required. Indigenous ancestry can go back several generations.  As required by the Ministry of Education, INED program staff must consult with parents/guardians each year in order to provide Indigenous programs and services to students in the INED program.
  • For more information, please contact the INED staff member at your school​.