way kʷu limpt p cyʕap – hello, and welcome
Vernon School District No.22 is located within the traditional territory of syilx people. The district provides educational services to a diverse population of approximately 8, 600 students, approximately 15% of whom are of Aboriginal ancestry.
The Indigenous Education Department provides programs and services to support the success of all students with Indigenous ancestry. No proof of Indigenous ancestry through any membership card is needed. It is sufficient for students to be self-identified as Indigenous (Inuit, Metis, Status or Non-Status First Nations).
The Ministry of Education provides the District with enhancement funds to support all self-identified Indigenous students in the areas of achievement, culture and language. The Indigenous Education Advisory Council and the District work collaboratively to ensure that the expenditure of targeted funds is in line with the criteria set out by the Ministry of Education, as well as meeting the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement goals.
The District and the Okanagan Indian Band work in partnership to ensure that the goals of the Local Education Agreement (LEA) are honoured and continue to support nominal roll (Status On Reserve) students.