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Student stands in front of mural and holds completed Salish weaving Indigenous Ed - Student w/salish weaving
February 1, 2024

82% School Completion – Along the Path to Success

We are fortunate to have a dedicated and caring staff supporting our Indigenous students in our district who utilize a variety of creative approaches to do whatever it takes to support students to achieve success in our schools, develop their cultural identities and advocate for equitable access to every opportunity. Our ultimate mandate in Indigenous Education is to graduate students and to prepare them for a happy and fulfilling adulthood.

Student stands in front of mural and holds completed Salish weaving Indigenous Ed - Student w/salish weaving
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June 20, 2023

Celebrating the Indigenous Support Workers

I was so pleased that we extended a special day of support to acknowledge and celebrate support staff in our district on June 1. We invited our Indigenous Support Workers to Mamele’awt for an appreciation tea to enjoy the fruit and chocolate strawberries the Board had sent to thank our staff.  It was wonderful to take a bit of time to come together for fun, play some games, laugh and enjoy each other’s company.

Heart shaped wordle image June 7 - Superintendent Newsletter Image
Elderly man holding man and speaks at his 90th birthday Mr. Marshall - KG - Superintendent Newsletter Image
June 20, 2023

A Road Not Taken

With all the recent retirement festivities I have had cause of late to reflect on my journey in the education system.  One of the frequent questions I have been asked is why I decide to become a teacher “all those years ago.”  I have had occasion over the years to mention it on World Teacher Day, but for me, the decision had everything to do with my school experiences, and a challenge extended to me by a very special human being.

Elderly man holding man and speaks at his 90th birthday Mr. Marshall - KG - Superintendent Newsletter Image
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May 23, 2023

Equitable Endeavours through our District's Equity Framework

In previous posts, I have shared my perspectives on the spectre of systemic racism in education, particularly in relation to Indigenous Peoples. I highlighted two interrelated constructs related to this issue: epistemic racism (the idea that there is only one form of true knowledge) and the related “racism of low expectations” highlighted in the 2016 Auditor General’s Report.

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Female ISW at ASIA Sumas smiles while holding newly designed paddle Grade 8 Paddle Project
April 28, 2023

Pulling Together - Grade 8 Journey to Secondary School

Ashley Lamson, ISW at ASIA Sumas and member of Semá:th First Nation, has generations of knowledge to share with her students about the significance of canoe pulling in the Indigenous community.  Much of this heritage was taken with the draining of Sumas Lake, but canoeing has been revitalized in the last generations as an important connection to land, water and culture. Ashley is from the Silver family, and her mom, nephew, and uncle share some of these important lessons in this video

Female ISW at ASIA Sumas smiles while holding newly designed paddle Grade 8 Paddle Project
Hammer and Nails
April 28, 2023

CHAT GPT: Friend or Foe?

O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in't.

— William Shakespeare, The Tempest

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Group of students and Superintendent gather on basketball court after playing a game Kevin Group Photo -Basketball
April 11, 2023

Reflections on Shadowing a Student

Earlier this school year I made the commitment to report back on what I had learned as a consequence of my “shadow a student” experience.  Listening to students has been a key part of my practice over the last few years, and shadowing a student is the most recent iteration of this learning journey.

Group of students and Superintendent gather on basketball court after playing a game Kevin Group Photo -Basketball
A group of people holding hands in a circle as part of the Pow Wow IndEd-PowWow-Group
March 8, 2023

Powwow and Cultural Night at Mamele’awt

The Indigenous Department has been honoured to work with our community partners at VYPER, Xyolhemeylh and the Fraser Valley Metis Association to sponsor a Powwow and Cultural Night each Thursday.

A group of people holding hands in a circle as part of the Pow Wow IndEd-PowWow-Group
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March 8, 2023

More Play: Doctor’s Orders

Earlier this school year, leaders in our organization had the opportunity to learn from renowned psychiatrist, Dr. Shimi Kang on the subject of mental health and wellbeing.

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February 2, 2023

Black History Month & Resistance

“Now let us begin. Now let us re-dedicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world.” -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.