Education Manager: Sharon Parsons
Education Coordinator: Gail LaRochelle
Data Entry Clerk/Receptionist: Terri-Lynn Beckett
Location: Corner of 2160 Settlers Road and Hwy 8
The LNIB recognizes that investing in our youth is the single most important strategy to ensuring a prosperous future of our community. To support youth, the Education Department provides a number of programs and services to support students in the community including the Aboriginal Head start program, school start-up allowance, career fairs, tutoring and post-secondary funding.
Education assistance – school supplies, extra-curricular activities to all K-12 students, and books, tuition, living allowance to post-secondary students.
LNIB signed a Local Education Agreement with School District #58, for LNIB students attending the public school system in Merritt. If you would like a copy of the Local Education Agreement we do have copies in the Education office.
The education program also promotes the learning and use of our own language, our culture, our identity, and the wealth of traditional knowledge accumulated over millennia
Today we celebrate the announcement by the Ministry of Education that BC schools will no longer be allowed to issue Evergreen Certificates to students unless they are classified as having special needs with an individual education plan in place.
This is a landmark change and one that FNESC has recommended to end the disproportionate numbers of First Nations and Aboriginal high school students receiving Evergreen certificates, rather than Dogwood graduation diplomas.
Evergreen certificates are non-graduation certificates and generally do not allow direct entrance into college or university. According to Ministry data, 1 in 7 status on-reserve and 1 in 12 Aboriginal students receive a non-graduation Evergreen certificate when they walk across the stage, compared to 1 in 59 non-Aboriginal students. Many are not designated with special needs.
We voiced that this was unacceptable and that our students should be leaving high school with a full range of education and career options open to them.
The Ministry‘s changes come in response both to our efforts and to critiques by the BC Auditor General about the “racism of low expectations” in the public school system. Our efforts were supported by First Nations leadership and our education partners, including the BC School Trustees Association and BC Teachers’ Federation.
We appreciate Minister Bernier’s announcement and we will continue to work with the Ministry through our established Tripartite Education Framework Agreement and Bilateral Protocol processes to make systemic changes to the education system that improve outcomes for our youth.
Senior Communications Officer
|First Nations Education Steering Committee
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