The department's purpose is to build the bridges of understanding across the diverse cultures in Richmond by directly supporting students with Aboriginal ancestry and by supporting classrooms with Aboriginal content. Services vary based on individual needs and are designed with each child's interests and strengths in mind. Aboriginal education in Richmond is guided by the community-developed goals in the enhancement agreement.
Aboriginal student success services include but are not limited to:
- Consultation and professional learning opportunities to integrate aboriginal content, knowledge, and perspectives
- Community gatherings and feasts to highlight student achievements and bring the Richmond community together
- Field studies and workshops to build connections and enrich cultural understandings
- Leadership / volunteer opportunities within and outside the school organization
- Grade to grade transition support and elementary to secondary transition support
- Post-secondary transition support including applications to institutions and scholarship information
- Additional student advocacy and support during times of change and/or challenge
- Curriculum integration through a consultation and teacher support that enriches the educational experience for all students
The members of the Aboriginal Education Department in School District #38 include:
- Aboriginal Success Teachers (Sonja Bone K -7, Monique Giard 8-12)
- Support Worker (K - 7) (Terry Point)
- Teacher Consultants (Lynn Wainwright, Leanne McColl)
- District Administrator - Aboriginal Education (Marie Ratcliffe)
Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement
An Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement (AEEA) is a commitment made by a school district, all local Aboriginal communities, and the Ministry of Education, to work together to improve the success of all Aboriginal students. The Richmond School District signed its first AEEA in June of 2011 for a five year term. After 5 years of working with and gathering data about the efficacy of this Agreement, and collaborating with our educational partners, the Richmond School District has developed its second AEAA, which will be signed on February 7, 2017.
The Richmond School District recognizes the power of a shared responsibility for supporting Aboriginal learners, and endeavour to see all our Aboriginal learners graduate with dignity, purpose, and options. We believe that education that honours the histories, worldviews, and perspectives of First Peoples is good for all students in our district, and is key to a reconciled relationship with First Peoples in Canada.
Our 4 goals are:
- Increased positive identity and sense of belonging for all Aboriginal learners;
- Increased knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal histories, cultures, and worldviews, beginning with our local First Peoples, for all learners
- Increased educational opportunities that honour the First Peoples Principles of Learning for all learners
- Increased holistic wellness and achievement for all Aboriginal learners.
Aboriginal Education Support Services Department
Marie Ratcliffe - District Administrator Phone: 604-668-0000 1651