Aboriginal Education

Traditional Territory

Sooke School District acknowledges the traditional territories of the Coast Salish: T’Sou-ke Nation and Scia’new Nation and Nuu-chah-nulth: Pacheedaht Nation. We also recognize some of our schools reside on the traditional territory of Esquimalt Nation and Songhees Nation. 

For more information, please see Territory Acknowledgment Information package.

Student Composition

In 2019-2020, approximately 10% of students enrolled in the Sooke School District self-identified as Aboriginal.  Of these students 8% are First Nations living on Scia’new, Pacheedaht or T’Sou-ke First Nation while over 92% live off-reserve throughout the Sooke School District.  Thirty percent of students are self-identified as Métis.  Many students are self-identified (status and/or non-status) First Nations, Métis and Inuit from regions across Canada.  Last year, 1205 students received funded academic support and culture/language support.

Sooke School District ensures Aboriginal students receive a quality education that fosters a strong sense of pride, confidence, and knowledge of their heritage.  If your child self-identifies as Aboriginal, please complete the following form and submit it to your school secretary.

Aboriginal Self-Identification Form 2019-2020


The following documents demonstrate how Aboriginal Education is intertwined in every day learning in Sooke School District as well as the processes we took to get here.  We value ongoing insight and input from Scia’new, Pacheedaht, and T’Sou-ke First Nation, Métis partner groups, and Sooke School District Aboriginal Education Council members who meet regularly throughout the school year.




Kathleen King – District Principal for Aboriginal Education – (250) 474-9879

Marlys Denny - Aboriginal Education Curriculum Coordinator - 250-474-9858
Leslie Morison – Aboriginal Education Secretary – (250) 474-9833