Acknowledgment of Traditional Coast Salish Territory
The Municipality of Delta is situated on Coast Salish territory, which includes the Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN), Musqueam First Nation and other Salishan language groups. In the 2014 school year, there are approximately 540 students who have self-identified as being of Aboriginal ancestry. This comprises approximately 3.4% of the Delta School District population. There are approximately 40 students from the Tsawwassen First Nation and Musqueam First Nation attending Delta schools. It is the District’s hope that as the curriculum becomes more embedded with the Aboriginal culture and teachings and more fully reflects and represents the society in which we live, students will choose to self-identify because of a developing pride and confidence in their culture. All children should be proud of who they are and where they come from.
The mandate of Delta’s Indigenous Education Department is to ensure the success of all students with Indigenous Ancestry in the District. The Delta School District is committed to bringing Indigenous culture and history to all learners across all of the grades. The new Ministry curriculum has Indigenous perspectives embedded throughout the learning outcomes. All students in schools today have a right to learn about their country’s Indigenous culture and history, both past and present. Learning first about the local First Nations people and their territory is important before learning about the Indigenous groups in the rest of the country.
The members of the Indigenous Education department include:
- Indigenous Education, District Vice Principal: Diane Jubinville: 604-952-5323
- Indigenous Elementary Success Coordinator: Karen McDonald: 604-952-5373
- Indigenous Secondary Success Coordinator: Alexandra Thomson
- Indigenous Early Literacy Coordinator: Catherine Watson
- Indigenous Success Advocates: Cindy Malone, Jinny Peters, Jessica Le Brun
- Indigenous Cultural Enhancement Facilitators: Nathan Wilson, Victoria Williams
- Indigenous Child and Youth Care Workers: Sharin Bains, Courtney Nash, Kristie Hatzisavva
- Indigenous Elders: Roberta Price, Rose Guerin
To view the most recent Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement (AEEA) click here.
To open the AEEA Annual Report click here.