1.4.3 Who is involved in the AESN?
As the AESN grew from the original NOII , not surprisingly, there are significant overlaps between participants. In total, about 75 schools and approximately 400 teachers, teacher leaders, and school principals are involved in the AESN . Perhaps more interesting are the numbers of school support professionals (non-teachers) who have also become members of the Network. The team based approach of the Network structure and process has led many teams to recruit the involvement of other school professionals such as Aboriginal Education Workers, Educational Assistants and Special Education Assistants. Many of the AESN members are also themselves Indigenous; some declare as Status Indians, others as urban Aboriginals, mixed race Aboriginal people or Métis. Individuals from diverse First Nations are represented among the members of the AESN in BC public schools.