Nanaimo school district learns more about aboriginal education choices
A contingent went to Prince George to tour that district’s Nusdeh Yoh-Aboriginal Choice School
Nanaimo-Ladysmith Public Schools organized a contingent to travel to Prince George earlier this month to find out more about that district’s Nusdeh Yoh Aboriginal Choice School.
The Prince George school district has aboriginal education at all its schools, but the aboriginal choice school places additional emphasis on First Nations culture, history, language and values, according to the school website.
The Nanaimo team – which included representation from district staff, board of trustees, labour and Snuneymuxw – presented its initial impressions to the Nanaimo school board at a meeting March 16.
Emmy Manson, a Snuneymuxw councillor, said some of the learning taking place at the Prince George school isn’t just for the brain, but also for the spirit and the heart.
“They were teaching about emotional intelligence and I think that’s the piece that we’re not teaching our kids enough, about resiliency and about coping skills. Life isn’t easy,” she said.
“I think one of the comments was think outside the circle, and I like that,” Manson said. “I think that sometimes we’ve had to change as indigenous people to fit into systems and it’s about time systems changed to fit us.”
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