How an Indigenous support worker is helping students, staff across SD 44: CUPE

April 7, 2021
Dallas Guss, a member of Squamish Nation, brings cultural teachings to his work as an educational assistant, Indigenous support worker, and cultural support worker at School District 44. CUPE BC describes how Guss’s work is helping to Indigenize schools and improve understanding between Indigenous students and their teachers. “This role has been really successful in helping teachers understand the Indigenous perspective, so that there can be less conflict, issues, or problems,” explained Guss. “I encourage [students] to have their own space and build their own problem-solving skills.” The article further describes how Guss has taken other District 44 staff and students into the mountains, into a longhouse, and to traditional sites; shared cultural teachings; and shared Indigenous stories for the curriculum to help students cope with the difficult times during the pandemic. CUPE BC (BC)