Indigenous Education

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SD10’s Indigenous Education Program provides culturally relevant programming and services to the 20% of students of Indigenous ancestry in the district. Our enhanced services are intended to create pathways to success for every student of Indigenous ancestry within our schools.

These programs and services are in congruence with the Equity in Action Plan, which was developed collaboratively in 2022, and is built on the foundation of mutual respect, understanding and collective ownership over the success of students of Indigenous ancestry. The Equity in Action Plan outlines the following intentions:

  • To increase Indigenous learners’ connection to school and community with a sense of place and belonging that supports and reflects Indigenous cultural values and perspectives.
  • To increase the knowledge and understanding of Indigenous history, traditions and cultures for all learners, supported by the wider school and community.
  • To enhance academic achievement of all Indigenous learners.

Working collaboratively with school and District staff, Indigenous Education staff provide ongoing services to our students of Indigenous ancestry that support the goals of the Enhancement Agreement and students long term success.

Indigenous Education Advisory Council

The District Indigenous Education Advisory Council is made up of representation from local Elders and Knowledge Keepers, students, school Indigenous Support Teachers, a School District Trustee representative , District Staff, and community members. The council meets approximately three times a year and advises the district on budget, programs, and services in regards to Indigenous student success.

Equity in Action Plan

SD10 Elder Protocol

Indigenous Education Contacts

SD10 Arrow Lakes District Contact
Mike Hibberson

Indigenous Support Teachers

Lucerne Elementary Secondary Indigenous Education Support Teacher
Ric Bardati 

Nakusp Elementary Indigenous Education Support Teacher
Ethan Mccluskey 

Edgewood Elementary Indigenous Education Support Teacher
Brent Cook 

Burton Elementary Indigenous Education Support Teacher
Kristi Mortell-Lablanc  

Nakusp Secondary Indigenous Education Support Teacher
Naomi Smedbol 

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Our District

School District 10 Arrow Lakes serves the communities of north Slocan Lake and the Arrow Lakes with schools and programs in Nakusp, Edgewood, Burton and New Denver.

Our innovative approach to learning and the beautiful mountain settings that surround these communities, provide our students with unique learning experiences that gain praise in our province and beyond. We are well-recognized for innovation in place-conscious learning, environmental education, and for creatively personalizing learning experiences for our students.

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