Indigenous Education

Aboriginal Education
Student Group:
K-7 Students
Secondary Students

The Vancouver Board of Education, the Aboriginal Communities and the Ministry of Education continue to work together to improve the educational experiences for Indigenous students.

The Vancouver Board of Education, the Indigenous Communities and the Ministry of Education continue to work together to improve the educational experiences for Aboriginal students.  

Together we have created the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement - 2016 to 2021 that embodies the shared visions and commitment of all participating parties to the success of Aboriginal students in the following areas:

  • Belonging  
  • Mastery of Skills  
  • Culture and Community

As well, students have the opportunity to obtain additional support provided by the district’s Indigenous Programs and Services. The Aboriginal Program and Services are delivered to enhance the student’s educational experiences which align with the above stated goal areas of the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement.

The programs and services are available throughout the school year to elementary, secondary and alternative program students for who have identified or have had parent/guardians identify them as having Aboriginal ancestry (First Nations, status and non-status, Métis, and Inuit) on the school registration form.

The Vancouver Board of Education offers these additional services in a variety of ways:

  • Support Services provided by an Aboriginal Education Enhancement Worker or Aboriginal Education Enhancement Teacher,  which may include cultural, academic, social and emotional support, parent liaison and advocacy;  
  • District-wide cultural projects, resources, leadership opportunities, and celebrations  
  • School based cultural programs and/or courses.

All VSB students participate in a variety of cultural projects offered throughout the district.  Here is a list of events.

Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement

Indigenous Education Department

Learning Services

District Vice-Principal, Aboriginal Education        Chas Desjarlais        (604) 713-5682

Aboriginal Education Consultant                          Robert Clifton           (604) 713-5214

Aboriginal Education Cultural Coordinator           Trudi Harris               (604) 713-5940

Administrative Assistant, Aboriginal Education    Teddy Wosk              (604) 713-5215

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