Honouring and respecting BC’s First Nations
At Navigate, we’re proud to honour the history and traditions of BC’s First Nations by offering the opportunity for both our Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students to attend various First Nations, Inuit and Metis events throughout the school year, at various locations served by Navigate. These cultural events help students of Aboriginal ancestry appreciate their heritage, and non-Aboriginal students gain a greater understanding of First Nations culture.
These events include guest speakers, traditional craft workshops and visits to First Nations sites and. We are continually working to expand our Aboriginal education program in the Comox Valley, Nanaimo and Qualicum Beach by increasing the number and frequency of these cultural experiences, and by adding works by First Nations authors to our reading resources and program curricula.
In addition to these events, Navigate employs an Aboriginal Student Support Teacher to assist Aboriginal students in a number of ways. These can include:
- Academic monitoring and support
- Home-school support - support for families between school and home
- Personal Support / Advocacy - creating a positive learning environment for Aboriginal learners
- Aboriginal cultural group activities– field trips, Big House Experience, post secondary information sessions
- Integrating culture - building bridges between Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal students to create a positive learning environment for Aboriginal learners through introduction of Aboriginal curriculum and cultural activities in schools.
- Information about K-12 and post-secondary opportunities available to Aboriginal students, such as sports development, educational opportunities, and bursaries and awards available to Aboriginal students attending post-secondary schools
Elementary (K-9) Aboriginal Education
Our Cultural Connections program connects Navigate students with aboriginal programming like guest speakers, traditional craft workshops and visits to First Nations sites and events. We’re continually working to expand our Aboriginal education program in the Comox Valley, Nanaimo and Qualicum Beach by increasing the number and frequency of these cultural experiences, and by adding works by First Nations authors to our reading resources and program curricula.
We hope to someday offer a complete First Nations education program, parallel to our regular programming that will engage students and honour the rich heritage of BC’s First Nations.
High School (10-12) Aboriginal Education
At the high school level, our goal is to offer a spectrum of Aboriginal-focused courses that students can take to complement their current high school studies, e-learning or online program, or home-based learning and use toward their high school diploma. We currently offer BC First Nations 12, which can be taken instead of Social Studies 11, and we’re working to add additional Aboriginal-specific classes that can be substituted for other required courses.
While our elementary programming is available to Vancouver Island students through our bricks-and-mortar schools in the Comox Valley, Nanaimo and Qualicum Beach, our secondary courses are open to all BC high school students through cross-enrolment with their home school.
For more information on Aboriginal programming at Navigate or cross enrollment options for BC high school students, please contact Jennifer Hibbert, Aboriginal Education coordinator, at (250) 337-5300 ext. 145 or by email.