Aboriginal Education in School District No. 64 (Gulf Islands) is dedicated to supporting the success of Aboriginal learners in our school district, as well as promoting a deep awareness of Aboriginal culture and history among all students.
Careers and Transitions
Connecting Generations Program
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The purpose of the Connecting Generations Program is to build bridges between the school and the community by bringing together youth with adults, including seniors, for face-to-face conversations about a shared interest, skill, or life experience. LivingLinks is the database of adults and youth who are enthusiastic about meeting people whose paths they might not ordinarily cross.
Early Learning Programs
SD 64 provides Early Learning programs on all Gulf Islands. Early Learning for Families (ELF) Strong Start BC programs run on Salt Spring at Salt Spring Elementary and Fulford Elementary schools and on Galiano, Mayne, Pender and Saturna. These are free, drop in programs for children, 0-5 yr. old with a parent or caregiver, under the direction of an Early Childhood Educator. Parent Child Mother Goose programs are held at Fernwood Elementary and Mayne School.
“…Canada will benefit greatly by having a large number of bilingual citizens, (but) don’t have your children learn French for the good of the country – do it for the good of your children. They, as I did, will say merci for it later.” Steve MacKinnon, politician and graduate of Late French Immersion, Charlottetown, P.E.I.”
Gulf Islands Centre for Ecological Learning (GICEL)
The Gulf Islands Centre for Ecological Learning connects people with nature within the natural environment of British Columbia’s southern Gulf Islands.
Gulf Islands International Program
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The Gulf Islands Program has become one of the most popular international programs in Canada. With a commitment to diversity, limits on number of students from any one country, and an enrolment cap, our students are guaranteed a quality Canadian educational experience as well as a truly international experience in one of the most unique and beautiful communities in Canada.
Gulf Islands School of Performing Arts (GISPA)
Imagine developing your exceptional acting, dancing, or musical skills while living in one of the most beautiful and vibrant rural communities in the world. Imagine enjoying access to professional facilities, a talented team of educational professionals and a community renowned for its wholehearted support of the arts…
Home Learning Partners
Home Learning Partners is a small home based program situated within a school community on Salt Spring, Pender, Mayne and Gailiano Islands. We focus on community, nature and the arts, support and encourage diverse learning paths, flexible programming, strong relationships, multi-age groupings and connections, a child-centred and collaborative approach to learning, and an enthusiasm for lifelong learning.
Outer Islands’ Middle Years Program (OIMY)
The Outer Islands’ Middle Years Program (OIMY) is a cohort comprised of Pender, Mayne, Galiano, Phoenix, and Saturna middle years students. Our program focuses on an on-going commitment to each other, educators planning together to meet students needs, and honouring a sense of place and the uniqueness of each island setting.
Saturna Ecological Education Centre (SEEC)
The Saturna Ecological Education Centre (SEEC) is an experiential, place-based ecological learning centre on beautiful Saturna Island, British Columbia.