Na’tsa’maht Indigenous Education

Ab Ed Art by Connie Watts

ÍY, C̸NES QENOṈE ṮÁ- It's good to see you all!

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 2020/2021, approximately 10% of students enrolled in the Sooke School District self-identified as Aboriginal. Of these students 12% are First Nations living on Scia’new, Pacheedaht or T’Sou-ke First Nation while 88% live off-reserve throughout the Sooke School District.  30% 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 2020/2021

Equity in Action Video Series

Stunning videography and candid moments take you inside Sooke School District's three-part video series in response to Truth and Reconciliation and Equity for ALL students.  The video series is reflective of the local Coast Salish and Nuu-Chah-Nulth voices and features a variety of reflections on education in the past, present, and future. Take me to the videos!

Vision

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.

Contacts

Kathleen King District Principal for Aboriginal Education  (250) 474-9879
Marlys Denny District Vice Principal for Aboriginal Education (250) 474-9858
Tiffany Adams Aboriginal Education Curriculum Coordinator (250) 474-9857
Lorraine Veile Aboriginal Education Secretary (250) 474-9833