The Adams Lake Indian Band (ALIB) belongs to the Secwepemc Nation. Historically there were as many as 35 Secwepemc Communities, but today there are 17 communities or Bands recognized within the Secwepemc Territory. Adams Lake Indian Band is a member of the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council (SNTC) , which consists of 10 Secwepemc Bands. Adams Lake Band is home to a well-known language immersion school, Chief Atahm School (www.chiefatahm.com).
The Surrey School District recognizes and values the uniqueness of Aboriginal history, culture, and language and believes that all Aboriginal learners can experience success within public schooling. To this end, the Aboriginal Education Department works collaboratively with district staff to align services and supports towards a wrap-around approach for Aboriginal learners at their schools. Success can only be achieved when it is understood that all stakeholders share responsibility for the academic, social and emotional well-being of the Aboriginal student.
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North Okanagan-Shuswap School District
The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District resides on the traditional territories of the Secwepemc People. The Aboriginal Education Department partners with schools, teachers, Special Education, District Administration, Aboriginal communities, and Aboriginal students and their families to strengthen Aboriginal voice, presence, and perspective in schools and classrooms across the district.
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British Columbia Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC)
The Friendship Centre movement is built on community support, trust, strong leadership, tradition and faith and is mandated to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal Peoples throughout Canada. The purposes of the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres are: to promote the betterment of Aboriginal Friendship Centres in the Province of British Columbia; to establish and maintain communications between Aboriginal Friendship Centres and other Provincial Associations and the National Association of Friendship Centres; to act as a unifying body for Aboriginal Friendship Centres; and to advise the Government, when requested by the collective centres, on how and what programs may assist Aboriginal Friendship Centres, in the development programs to better the lives of Aboriginal Native people in British Columbia.
Bella Bella is located halfway up the coast of British Columbia on Campbell Island. Bella Bella is nestled in the “Great Bear Rainforest” and enjoys some of the best that nature has to offer. At Bella Bella Community School we are proud of our cultural heritage. We teach our students through both modern and traditional ways, and include Heiltsuk cultural activities such as singing and dancing into our school program.
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