SCIDES' staff recognizes that it learns, teaches and works on the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the NłeɁkepmx and Syilx people and acknowledges our Metis communities and their contributions to the Aboriginal ways of being, knowing and doing in Canada.
SCIDES proudly honours the history and traditions of BC’s First Nations by offering our students the opportunity to participate in Programs and Services provided through our First Nations Support Worker. Each year, SD 58 provides learners the chance to experience and learn about local Indigenous culture and teachings through activities like Culture Camps, its annual Pow Wow hosted in May, and tournaments, and through participation in Truth and Reconciliation Day, the Red Dress Campaign, and the Moosehide Campaign. Students who live locally - as well as those who are able to join us in our SD region - are welcome to engage in these activities and events. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the virtual recognitions.
In addition to the events, our First Nations Support Worker provides a number of services to Indigenous students, such as academic, personal and home-school support, cultural group activities, and information about unique opportunities available to Aboriginal students, including the SD 58 Aboriginal Grad ceremony. If your student is of First Nations or Metis ancestry, please ask us about the opportunities; we would love to see you involved.
Finally, students of Metis heritage, please be aware of the BC Metis Federation whose mission is to work with integrity and collaboration towards the advancement of Métis knowledge, language, culture, wellness, and self-determination today and for future generations.