Topic outline

  • Aboriginal Program & Services

    Aboriginal Program & Services

    Programs & Services for Aboriginal Students at VSS- School District #73

    First Nations Education Workers

    • assist with or provide direct academic support to individual students or small groups

    • plan and organize cultural education experiences

    • provide social/emotional support and initiate referrals to school counsellors or community agencies if required

    • initiate and maintain contact with homes and families.

    FNEWs at VSS

    Daniel Lysons:
    Wendy Leonard:

    Programs and Services for Aboriginal Students - School District #73

    (For a detailed description of the following, please go to the website at Programs/Aboriginal Education)


    Aboriginal Education Workers (AEWs)

    • Assist with/provide enhanced academic support to individual or small groups of Aboriginal students,
    • Provide social/emotional support for Aboriginal students, assist with referrals to school and/or First Nations Family Counselors or community agencies if required, initiate and maintain contact Aboriginal families and communities
    • Participate in planning and organizing cultural education experiences for all students

    Aboriginal Family Counselors (AFCs)

    Provide social, emotional and cultural support/counseling to Aboriginal students and their families.


    Academic Support Initiatives

    Enhanced programs for Aboriginal students intended to provide additional academic support beyond the school day.  Schools may apply for additional funding grants to support programs such as Homework Clubs, Success Clubs, Tutoring, etc.


    Aboriginal Girls & Boys Groups

    School based groups facilitated by trained FN Family Counselors /community agency staff with assistance from FNEWs.  Program goals include awareness of cultural identity, self esteem building, decision making, critical thinking and problem solving skills.


    Secwepemc Language

    The Secwepemc Language program is available to students in selected elementary, middle and secondary schools in SD73.   


    SOLVED & Talking Tables 

    Early Oral Language Programs, designed to strengthen and develop children’s oral language abilities and vocabulary, are available to K-2 Aboriginal students requiring additional support in this area.


    Cultural Activities  

    Cultural activities are available to all schools and supported by FNEWs, Aboriginal Resource Teachers, Cultural Educators with the Secewpemc Museum, the Metis Nation and Kamloops Interior Friendship Society.  Activities may include visits from Elders and other cultural presenters, traditional arts, field trips, traditional games and tours. 

    Schools may apply for additional funding grants to support cultural activities.

    Aboriginal Parent Engagement Activities 

    All schools are encouraged to provide Aboriginal parent engagement activities designed to increase Aboriginal parents sense of belonging and comfort in district schools, thus increasing participation in their child’s education.

    Schools may apply for additional funding grants to support activities such as Family Dinners, Books n Bannock, etc. 

    Transitions to Post Secondary for Gr. 11/12 Aboriginal Students

    A Transition Day for Grade 11 & 12 Aboriginal students hosted by Thompson Rivers University, in partnership with the First Nations Education Council and School District #73, provides an opportunity for students to visit and tour TRU, learn about postsecondary programs and career opportunities, and inspire students to think about their future.  Activities include academic and trades tours, workshops, panel presentation with Aboriginal students currently attending TRU; displays and presentations by University faculty and support services at TRU. 

    Career Exploration and Career Fairs

    Several Aboriginal communities host annual career exploration days and fairs that are held throughout the year.  Interactive booth displays and workshops allow students to become more familiar with their strengths and interests in addition to learning about possible avenues of careers.

    Aboriginal Grad 

    A Graduation Ceremony for Aboriginal students hosted by SD73 and the First Nations Education Council recognizing and honoring the importance of school success, family and community support, and connections to cultural identity.

    Aboriginal Scholarships & Bursaries

    Scholarships and bursaries from various individuals, community agencies and the First Nations Education Council are available for Aboriginal students interested in furthering their education in the academic or trades fields.

  • Success Club Information

    Information about Success Club

  • Current & Upcoming Events

    Keep up-to-date with current & upcoming events

    • First Nations Graduation

      Information about First Nations Graduation

    • Trades and Transitions/Tru Start

      Access information about Trades and Transitions/Tru Start

      • Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Programming

        Information about Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Programming

      • Aboriginal Links

        Additional Links

      • Forms