NWSD Signs Second Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement (AEEA)

Pictured above is Elder Se'qwa:yent'n (Danny Charlie) from the Sto:lo Nation and Bertha Lansdowne, District Aboriginal Education Coordinator signing the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement (AEEA), which hopes to build on their dramatic improvement of learning outcomes for Aboriginal students.  Since the first AEEW was signed in New Westminster the six-year graduation rate for Aboriginal students has increased from 17% in 2004-05 to 62% in 2010-11.

AEEAs are five-year agreements to enhance the education of Aboriginal learners through programs and actions that promote academic success, positive self-esteem and cultural awareness.  Aboriginal Elders, support workers, cultural facilitators and artists in residence facilitate inclusive cultural awareness sessions for all staff and students throughout district schools.  In addition to the cultural awareness, the district personalizes support for Aboriginal students to ensure they are successful.

This second New Westminster AEEA was developed over a two-year period through efforts of all partner representatives, parents, elders, and community members at large.

More information on Aboriginal Education in School District No. 40 and the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement can be found on the Superintendent's Blog