School District No. 63 (Saanich) is committed to providing an education for W̱SÁNEĆ and other Indigenous students in ways that enable them to retain their identity and pride in their heritage and, at the same time, gain respect for the diverse cultures presented in schools today.
Through the Education Enhancement Agreement, School District No. 63 (Saanich) continues to recognize and honour the historical importance of the preservation of the language and culture of the W̱SÁNEĆ people.
It recognizes SENĆOŦEN as the principle First Nations language of the Saanich territory and continues to support programs and curricula that build deeper understandings of the W̱SÁNEĆ culture, values, and history.
School District No. 63 (Saanich) resides on the traditional territory of the W̱SÁNEĆ people encompassing the four local communities: BO,ḰE,ĆEN (Pauquachin), W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip), W̱,SIKEM (Tseycum), and S,ȾAUTW̱ (Tsawout). We would like to acknowledge and thank the W̱SÁNEĆ people for sharing their territory. HÍ SW̱KE
Indigenous Education resources can be signed out through the Indigenous Education Services secretary by calling (250) 652-7321 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Education Agreement
Our Local Education Agreement (LEA) is between School District No. 63 (Saanich) and the W̱SÁNEĆ School Board. There are usually three (3) or four (4) meetings between these boards to discuss the LEA.
Our LEA report is based on the following Indigenous Education Services goals and their implementation within each school:
Strive to support individual needs of students.
Promote understanding of the Indigenous students' culture, language and history from within the school.
To create school-based action plans to promote family involvement in:
the transition and orientation process
school events and community links
planning District/Community Events
Community & Scholarship Links