Aboriginal Education in the Nicola-Similkameen Valleys

  • Merritt Central" Spirit lifters" Hand Drum Group with their teacher Dan Manuel. Drumming for a Nlekepmx elders Meeting at Shacken.

School District #58 (Nicola-Similkameen) is proud to serve students from our six local Bands, the Metis Nation and from Aboriginal communities outside of our district.  A rich cultural component is provided by, approximately 40% of our students who report Aboriginal ancestry. The Coldwater Band, Lower Nicola Band, Nooaitch Band, Shackan Band, Upper Nicola Band, Upper Similkameen Band, the Metis and School District #58 are mutually committed to the goal of personal success and the best education possible for all First Nations Students.  Improving in the area of Aboriginal Education is a focus of our present work in the Nicola-Similkameen and we are committed to listening and working collaboratively with the First Nations community to do so.

First Nations Educational Contacts

Shelley Oppenheim-Lacerte
Martha Aspinall
Kelli Lacerte
Mandy Jimmie
Nancy Saddleman
Martha Chillihitzia
Greta Brown
Christine Anderson
Crystal McMaster
Yvonne Joe
Leona Dumont
Cheryl Rule
Dawn Williams
Keith Jager
Gerome Garcia
Renee Hartwell
Barb Parker

District Principal of Aboriginal Education
nłeʔkepmxcin Language Teacher
nłeʔkepmxcin Language Teacher
nłeʔkepmxcin Language Teacher
nsyilxcin Language Teacher
FNSW - Merritt Central
FNSW – Merritt Central
FNSW – Diamond Vale
FNSW – Collettville Elementary
FNSW – Nicola-Canford
FNSW – Merritt Bench & KLC
FNSW – MSS
FNSW – MSS
FNSW - MSS
FNSW - MSS
FNSW - PSS & The Bridge
FNSW - John Allison, Vermilion Forks

Aboriginal Advisory Council & Aboriginal Education Coordinators

Name

Mandy Jimmie
Charlene McRae
Sharon Parsons
Jessie Voght-Aljam
Kathy Jumbo
Barb Douglas
Sharon McIvor
Sally Holmes
Burt Bergmann
Bruce Bidney
Stephen McNiven
Kevin Black
Gordon Comeau

Organization

Shackan Band
Upper Nicola Band
Lower Nicola Band
Coldwater Band
Nooaitch Band
Metis Rep
Conayt Friendship Society
Upper Similkameen Band
Principal, Nicola-Canford Elementary
Principal, Merritt Secondary
SD No. 58 Superintendent
SD No. 58 Secretary Treasurer
School District No. 58 Trustee (Chairman)