News Stories

Ten Indigenous Role Models blanketed and pose for photos 2024 Indigenous Role Models
May 15, 2024

2024 Indigenous Role Models Honoured at Semá:th (PHOTOS)

On April 18, 2024, at the Semá:th First Nation Longhouse, an Honouring Ceremony took place for the 2024 Indigenous Role Models. Organized by the Mamele’awt Community Indigenous Education Centre, the event brought together Indigenous and school district leaders, community members, students and many supporters of the Role Models keen to celebrate their accomplishments.

Ten Indigenous Role Models blanketed and pose for photos 2024 Indigenous Role Models
Two grade 5 students holding up the drums they made Grade 5 Drum-making - 2024
March 14, 2024

Empowering Indigenous Voices: Drum-Making Supports Transition to Middle School

The Abbotsford School District's Indigenous Education Department, under the guidance of the Indigenous Education Council (IEC) and in collaboration with Semá:th First Nation, Mathxwí First Nation, and the Fraser Valley Métis Association, is proud to continue a district-wide initiative to support Grade 5 Indigenous students as they transition to middle school. This initiative aligns with the district’s Strategic Plan, which emphasizes fostering a sense of belonging and connection among students and promoting cultural understanding and respect.

Two grade 5 students holding up the drums they made Grade 5 Drum-making - 2024
Collage of 10 portrait photos, each one is of an Indigenous Role Model for 2024 2024 Indigenous Role Models
March 1, 2024

Ten Youth Announced as 2024 Indigenous Role Models

Ten outstanding Grade 12 Indigenous students from the Abbotsford School District have been announced as this year's Indigenous Role Models. Following a rigorous review process conducted in December 2023, the Indigenous Education Advisory Committee considered applications from a pool of over 200 eligible students. The chosen students have distinguished themselves through their deep cultural connections, exemplary leadership, and dedicated service in their schools and broader communities. 

Collage of 10 portrait photos, each one is of an Indigenous Role Model for 2024 2024 Indigenous Role Models
Graphic Banner image with various school photos and coloured blocks Strat Plan Banner - 24-28
February 29, 2024

Share Your Voice! Strategic Plan Consultation

As we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of public education, our commitment to providing every student with a world-class education remains at the forefront. It is with this vision in mind that I write to you today.

Graphic Banner image with various school photos and coloured blocks Strat Plan Banner - 24-28
calendar on blue background calendar on blue background
January 24, 2024

Local School Calendars: 2024-2027

The Abbotsford Board of Education is currently seeking feedback from families, employees, students and the larger community on the proposed school calendars for the next three years - 2024-2025 school year, 2025-2026 school year and 2026-2027 school year. Feedback will be collected via the school district's Engagement Portal until February 9, 2024.

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BC Logo with NEWS written underneath and abstract blue background BC Gov - News
December 20, 2023

End of Year Message from Minister Singh

As we near the end of 2023 and the beginning of the winter break throughout BC, Rachna Singh, Minister of Education and Child Care, has released the following end-of-year letters to families and staff.

BC Logo with NEWS written underneath and abstract blue background BC Gov - News
Elder and student selfie Chris Kelly, Mentor
December 19, 2023

Good Heart, Good Mind, Good Food

Serenna Scarpino recently worked at Mámele’awt Indigenous Education Centre to complete Foods 12. She has been mentored by Chris Kelly, Elder and long-time employee of Abbotsford School District. In this course students learn about the connection to the land, gathering and community. Cooking and food, and the act of cooking with a good heart and a good mind and feeding the people are especially important components of community life.

Elder and student selfie Chris Kelly, Mentor
Two female students inspecting a plant within the classroom Indigenous Students - UFV Visit 2023
December 13, 2023

Abbotsford School District Celebrates Successful UFV Visit for Indigenous Students

The success of a recent initiative that brought together 100 Indigenous secondary students from across the Abbotsford School District with the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is being celebrated. On November 15th, students from grades 10-12 had the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a full-day experience at UFV, exploring various academic programs and learning about the specific supports available for Indigenous students at the university.

Two female students inspecting a plant within the classroom Indigenous Students - UFV Visit 2023
aerial shot of a neighbourhood proposed boundary review
November 15, 2023

Proposed Boundary Review for Cooper Meadows & High Street Village

The Abbotsford School District has initiated a proposed boundary review for the Cooper Meadows Development and the High Street Village Development. These reviews seek to address changes in catchment boundaries resulting from significant residential projects, ensuring students continue to receive the best possible educational experience as our community grows.

aerial shot of a neighbourhood proposed boundary review