Indigenous Education in Burnaby Schools
Burnaby School District’s Indigenous Education Program provides culturally relevant programming and services to students of Aboriginal ancestry. Our enhanced services are intended to create individualized pathways to success for each and every student of Aboriginal ancestry within Burnaby schools.
These programs and services are in congruence with the Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement, which is built on the foundation of mutual respect, understanding and collective ownership over the success of our students of Aboriginal ancestry. The Agreement has three main goals:
- To increase Aboriginal learners’ connection to school and community with a sense of place and belonging that supports and reflects Aboriginal cultural values and perspectives.
- To increase the knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal history, traditions and cultures for all learners, supported by the wider school and community.
- To enhance academic achievement of all Aboriginal learners within the Burnaby School District.
Working collaboratively with school and District staff, Aboriginal educational staff provide ongoing services to our students of Aboriginal ancestry that support the goals of the agreement and their long term success.
By acknowledging the traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Musqueam, Tsleil Waututh and Squamish, our programs and services look to provide awareness of the rich history of our community, while respecting the diversity of our urban Aboriginal community within Burnaby.