First Nations parents, elders, express concern over SD 57 cutting Aboriginal Education position

July 11, 2018

Parents and elders have written to the Chairperson and Assistant Chairperson of the School District 57 school board in British Columbia expressing concerns over the removal of an Aboriginal Education position at Valemount Secondary School. The parents and elders stated that they felt the decision was ill-advised and should be reversed. “We believe that your regard for Aboriginal success has regressed rather than progressed,” the letter states before describing how the previously noted increase in graduation rates among Aboriginal students was a clear sign of the success of the Aboriginal Education workers who filled the position. Chairperson Tim Bennett has promised to follow up on the writers’ concerns, and the letter has reportedly been forwarded to the Board of Education. The Valley Sentinel