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Indigenous Education

We are grateful to our First Nations, Métis and Inuit friends and families who have guided this journey and shared their thoughts about the importance of healthy partnerships to help our students achieve their best and to foster wellness of spirit, body and mind throughout their lives.

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West Vancouver Indigenous Education Council

The function and purpose of the West Vancouver Indigenous Education Council (WVIEC) is to develop, communicate, and realize the WVS Enhancement Agreement, to ensure Indigenous student success, and set goals and future directions. The WVIEC commits to developing an ongoing partnership with all stakeholders to support the success of all students with Indigenous ancestry enrolled in West Vancouver Schools.

Indigenous Enhancement Agreement

The West Vancouver Indigenous Enhancement Agreement (IEA) was developed to guide decision-making that will ensure Indigenous student success. The IEA was developed by the West Vancouver Indigenous Education Advisory Council (WVIEAC), with input and support from our WVS partner groups. The council is made up of a WVS Trustee, an elected member of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Council, the Director of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation Education, Employment & Training, a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh parent, an Indigenous parent, a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh WVS student, an Indigenous WVS student, a West Vancouver Administrators Association (WVAA) representative, a West Vancouver Teachers Association (WVTA) representative, and two WVS District Leadership Team members. The committee met throughout the 2019-2020 school year to envision, refine, and develop three guiding goals:

On November 23, 2020, the West Vancouver Indigenous Education Council gifted and presented the Indigenous Education Enhancement Agreement to the WVS Superintendent of Schools Chris Kennedy, and WVS Board Chair Carolyn Broady, to guide future decision-making ensuring Indigenous student success, to furthering our understandings and actions of Truth and Reconciliation, and to cement our commitments and relationships with our Indigenous partners.

Educational Videos

Sahplek Bob Baker –  Canoe Culture: History of the Canoe – April, 2020 – 6 minutes

Yeltsilewet Faye Halls – Princess Video – 3 minutes

The West Vancouver/Squamish Nation Protocol Agreement describes our joint intention and desire to establish a cooperative and collaborative relationship for the purpose of sharing information, improving communications, strengthening of cultural awareness, guiding administrative practices, and supporting programs focused on achieving success in the education of Squamish Nation learners

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