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Indigenous Education Department

Indigenous Education Department
Springvalley Elementary School has two Indigenous Student Advocates
  • Ms. Shannon Wynne 
  • Ms. Kathy Thibeault
The role of the Advocate is to provide cultural, social, emotional and academic support.

Throughout the year Ms. Wynne and Ms. Thibeault offer and assist many diverse supports to students, school staff, and parents such as:
  • In class academic support
  • Provide referrals for cultural requests
  • Facilitate connctions with Indigenous Youth Wellness Worker
  • Cultural programs at lunch, after school and field trips
  • Provide nutritional programs such as:
    • Breakfast Club
    • Snacks
    • Brown Bag Lunches
    • Backapck food bundles
  • Traditional Indigenous crafts and arts:
    • ​sewing
    • beading
    • painting
    • seed bead looming
    • tassels
  • Traditional Games
  • Clothing Closet
  • Liaison between home and school, parents and staff
Shannon and Kathy are available for any questions or concerns. Feel free to call or email anytime.  Our aim is to see every Indigenous student graduate  and have a positive and successful school experience.


"The First Peoples Principles of Learning​ are affirmed within First Peoples communities and are being reflected in the development of all K-12 curriculum and assessment. First identified in relation to English 12 First Peoples, the First Peoples Principles of Learning generally reflect First Peoples pedagogy. The term "First Peoples" includes First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Canada, as well as indigenous peoples around the world."

from the BC Ministry of Education Indigenous Education web site​

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