SD63 Indigenous Education Gazette

June 2018

We acknowledge and thank the W̱SÁNEĆ people on whose traditional territory we live, learn, and teach. The W̱SÁNEĆ people have lived and worked on this land since time immemorial.

ÍY, SȻÁĆEL HÁLE. Good day everyone! June arrived quickly again this year and students and schools are all busy with year-end activities. Since our last newsletter in January many exciting things have been happening in Indigenous Education in the school district. We recently signed our third W̱SÁNEĆ, other First Nations, Métis and Inuit Enhancement Agreement, we celebrated our grade 12 graduates at the Indigenous Education Recognition ceremony and we celebrated Indigenous culture throughout the year and engaged in a variety of National Indigenous Peoples Day activities.

The signing of a third W̱SÁNEĆ, other First Nations, Métis and Inuit Enhancement Agreement is an exciting milestone for our school district that signifies the Saanich School District’s ongoing commitment to Indigenous Education and the success and support of Indigenous learners. I would like to thank all of the community partners, parents, school district staff, the Indigenous Education team, and the Enhancement Agreement Renewal committee for all of their contributions and participation in the renewal process. I am excited about our new vision and goals and I look forward to meeting with the implementation teams from each school early in the fall to continue this important work together.

Congratulations to our students for a finishing another successful school year. Wishing all of our grade 5 students moving to Middle School and our grade 8 students moving to Secondary a smooth and successful transition! Congratulations to the class of 2018! We wish you all the best in the next phase of your journey.

On behalf of the Indigenous Education team I wish you a relaxing summer and thank you for your ongoing support of Indigenous Education in Saanich Schools.

Melissa Austin - Vice Principal - School District 63 (Saanich) Indigenous Education

We welcome schools, the W̱SÁNEĆ School Board and parents/guardians to submit articles or student acknowledgements to our office.

We can be reached at 250-652-7321 or sbenson@sd63.bc.ca.

January 2018

Happy New Year! We have had a busy fall and start to winter in our district with lots of activities, celebrations, and learning taking place in schools. We are always excited to publish this Gazette, as it is a wonderful opportunity to share highlights from across the district. We are sharing stories and work from students in Kindergarten to grade 4, grades 6-7, and grades 9-11 in this edition and will highlight our senior students at each level in June as they transition to new schools and pathways after graduation.

Saanich is very fortunate to be working with WE Schools this year to provide our Secondary students with an opportunity to participate in the Sacred Circle Youth Leadership through the WE organization. Indigenous Youth from Claremont, the Individual Learning Centre, Parkland, Stelly’s and the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Secondary School will be taking part in this Indigenous Leadership training and opportunity that will be hosted at Tsawout this year. Watch the June newsletter for highlights from the Sacred Circle.

On behalf of the Indigenous Education team I wish you a happy and healthy New Year and thank you for your ongoing support of Indigenous Education in Saanich Schools.

Melissa Austin - Vice Principal - School District 63 (Saanich) Indigenous Education