Aboriginal Nations Education

The Aboriginal Nations Education Division (ANED)

Aboriginal Nations Education Division (ANED)

Greater Victoria School District (GVSD) resides in the traditional territory of the Lkwungen people.  We would like to acknowledge the Songhees First Nation and the Esquimalt First Nation on whose territory we live and work. Hy-sh-kwa – thank you.  GVSD continues to support programs and curricula that build deeper understandings of Lkwungen history, values and language.

The purpose of the Aboriginal Nations Education Division is to prioritize improved educational outcomes for Aboriginal learners by promoting practices informed by Aboriginal perspectives and ways of knowing. Everyone has an important role to play in ensuring the success of Aboriginal students, and in supporting all learners in developing their understanding of Aboriginal cultures and worldviews as the basis for creating inclusive learning environments and an equitable society.  ANED takes leadership in this area and invites colleagues, families and communities into the work of creating success and a better future for all students.

ANED provides support to our staff and students in four key areas:

  • Student Achievement: improved literacy, numeracy, attendance, retention and graduation
  • Belonging & Identity: ensuring that Aboriginal perspectives, cultures and experiences are honoured in schools
  • Awareness & Understanding: increased understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal histories, traditions and protocols
  • Relationship & Partnership: developing shared initiatives to improve student outcomes

Through professional support offered to teachers and staff members and through student support programs that assist in overcoming barriers to success, ANED is committed to eliminating the learning gap for Aboriginal learners, nurturing cultural identity and a sense of belonging, and developing culturally responsive schools and learning environments.  For more information about our programs and services, visit the ANED website here.

The ANED Team

Craig SchellenbergDistrict Principal, Aboriginal Education cschellenberg@sd61.bc.ca
Shelly NiemiDistrict Administratorsniemi@sd61.bc.ca
Sarah Rhude Cultural Facilitator, Aboriginal Educationsrhude@sd61.bc.ca
Paola BellAdministrative Assistant, Aboriginal Educationpbell@sd61.bc.ca


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