Community Partner – School District 27
We are pleased to announce that our community partner is the School District 27. It is located in the central Interior of British Columbia, Canada and covers a large geographic area in the Chilcotin and Cariboo districts, from 100 Mile House in the south to Williams Lake in the north. The region is located on the beautiful traditional First Nations territories of the Shuswap, Chilcotin and Carrier Nations. Rapidly shifting rural demographics combined with the significant distances between schools are forcing the school district to adapt delivery methods of education.
Map of Region
First Nations Community
To improve the education surrounding the First Nations community the School Board formed a partnership through The First Nations Education Committee that includes representatives from one Carrier Band, five Shuswap Bands, six Chilcotin Bands, the Métis Association and representatives from district employee groups. They work together to make recommendations on how the Provincial Aboriginal Target funding will be spent to assist the First Nations students throughout the District and to help move the education agenda forward for these students. The aim to address vital issues such as language preservation, cultural diversity, racism and other social issues that many children in school face.
Who They Serve?
They provide education to approximately 4500 students in 23 schools. Their teachers work in communities which range from as small as a few families to ones that serve over 30,000 people. Their three smallest schools have less than 20 students while our largest has just under 1500.
These statements act as a guide for the SD27’s decisions around its learning priorities, its practices, its policies, its processes and its budget allocations.