Active Priority

Education

OUR GOAL

Improve the education outcomes for our children in the Stikine.

OUR NEED FOR CHANGE

  • Low graduation rates among our youth
  • Low interest and meaning for our youth in school
  • School and communities were not working together
  • Lack of culture in the schools
  • Need for teachers and communities to connect

OUR ACHIEVEMENTS

Regional Education Agreement with School District 87

A Regional Education Agreement, including a partnership framework, was established between School District 87 and 3 Nations. Now all 3 Nations have on the land, cultural community events to set the tone at the beginning of the school year to address relations, engagement, and gaps between home and school.

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Success Story #1

Increased Interest and Class Attendance

A Regional Education Agreement, including a partnership framework, was established between School District 87 and 3 Nations. Now all 3 Nations have on the land, cultural community events to set the tone at the beginning of the school year to address relations, engagement, and gaps between home and school.

Educators noticed positive student outcomes in terms of class attendance, grades, and inclusive school climate as a result of cultural activities implemented, for example the involved of Elders Cultural Camps.

This is the first year we went down to the Blue River Camp for our teachers to meet the Elders and parents, rather than at Lower Post. It grounded us all in a different way and allowed us to meet different Elders. It has inspired me to look at doing fishing and hunting camps with the kids in school, something that is important culturally to all of us up in the North. With help from the Nation, this could be a very special educational opportunity.

(Principal, Watson Lake High School)
Success Story #2

Increase in Student Graduation Rates

In Dease Lake, the Graduation Rates of Tahltan students went from 2 students in 2013-2014 to 12 students in 2016-2017.

Success Story #3

Life Long Approach to Language and Cultural competence with Elders and Traditional Ways

Lifespan educational approach to learning traditional languages was developed and implemented across 3 Nations communities (e.g., language nests to adult certificates).

We are seeing a huge impact from language in 3 N educational programming. Kids are coming up to hug Theresa, one of our grandmother Elders. This is creating real change. Elders are sharing stories and oral traditions – kids are very receptive to this kind of learning . . . There is a new sense of pride and prestige that wasn’t here before.

(Superintendent, SD 87, Stikine Region)