Aboriginal Education

Aboriginal Education


Kamloops School District No. 73 is located within the traditional territory of the Secwépemc people and includes the seven Secwépemc First Nations Bands:

  • Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc
  • Whispering Pines / Clinton Indian Band
  • Skeetchestn Indian Band
  • Simpcw First Nation
  • Adams Lake Indian Band
  • Little Shuswap Lake Band
  • Neskonlith Indian Band

The District provides educational services to a diverse multicultural population of approximately 14,500 students, approximately 15 per cent of which are of Aboriginal ancestry. The Aboriginal student population in the District continues to increase.

The District and representatives of participating First Nations Bands work in partnership to ensure that a Local Education Agreement (LEA) is implemented, monitored, revised as necessary. The committee also makes recommendations or decisions regarding programs and supports for students living on-reserve.

Enhancement Funds are provided to the District to support all self-identified Aboriginal students of First Nations, Inuit and Métis ancestry in the areas of achievement, language and culture. The Aboriginal Education Council and the District work collaboratively to ensure that the expenditure of targeted funds is in line with the criteria set out by the Aboriginal Education Enhancements Branch, Ministry of Education.

Day of Sucwentwécw 2023

This year’s theme, “Courage to Explore and Embrace Your Identity Which Involves Connection to Family, Community, and Culture,” is based on the First Peoples Principles of Learning and Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives. This is an opportunity for all schools to continue to embed the First People’s Principles of Learning, and to address the Calls to Action as outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  The Day of Sucwentwécw (Acknowledging One Another) is an annual initiative. This year it will be held on April 6, to recognize and celebrate the Secwépemc People (Secwepemcúl’ecw) and other Aboriginal people residing within the Secwépemc Territory. Read more.

Cultural Traditions and Protocols

Acknowledging the territory is performed at any important function such as a school assembly, awards night, graduation, a celebration including Aboriginal communities, etc. It may also be performed prior to an important meeting or presentation. Acknowledging the territory is a way of honouring and showing respect for a group of people who have been living and working on this land from time immemorial. A “Welcome” to the territory is only offered by the First Nations people who are traditionally from the territory. Visitors, including everyone who is not a member of the traditional First Nation, would “acknowledge” the territory.

Acknowledging Traditional Territory

Acknowledgement of Territory in Secwepemctsin

Protocols for Elder and Traditional Knowledge Keepers

Smudging Protocol

Aboriginal Education Resources Website

Aboriginal Family Counselor (AFC) Program Annual Reports
Annual Report on Aboriginal Students
Aboriginal Girls Groups in School District 73
PDF of the Girls Group manual
Fourth Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement
The signed agreement
A Handbook for Parents of Aboriginal Students in SD73
Link to a PDF file of the handbook
Scholarships and Bursaries for Aboriginal Students in SD73
Information about Bursaries and Scholarships for aboriginal students can be found here.

Local Education Agreements

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