way kʷu limpt p cyʕap – hello, and welcome
Welcome to School District 22. We are home to the Okanagan Indian Band, the Vernon Native Friendship Centre, the Vernon & District Métis Association and First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples from across Turtle Island and the Americas.
First Peoples Principles of Learning integrated into the provincial K-12 curriculum and is central to Indigenous Education. We have 22 Indigenous Student Support Workers (ISSW), 3 Lead Teachers, 2 Literacy Intervention Teachers, a Secretary, District Vice-Principal, and a Director of Indigenous Programs that help provide additional Indigenous support to regular activities in the School District. This last school year our Department served over 1200 Indigenous students (anyone who declared themselves Indigenous – they didn’t need to produce membership cards as proof of ancestry).
Our department is dedicated to equity and enhancing Indigenous student success. Indigenous Student Support Workers (ISSWs) will continue to work one-to-one and in group situations with Indigenous students, providing cultural, emotional, social, spiritual and educational support to help those students towards success at all levels.
Indigenous student success is a shared responsibility. Our partners in this are teachers, administrators, support staff and all other employees in the School District. We cannot achieve success without such partners, nor can Indigenous student success happen without the contributions of our Indigenous community partners.