Aboriginal Inquiry: Lifting All Learners

An Impact Assessment of the Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network (AESN)

2.1 Approaches to Aboriginal education in BC schools

We begin by briefly highlighting the ways in which schools and school districts have responded to addressing the specific learning needs of Aboriginal students since the 1960’s. The focus on how provincial schools are responding to the needs of Aboriginal learners is critical because close to 80% of Aboriginal students are served by provincial schools (Richards & Scott, 2009). In this section, we rely in large part upon the knowledge of Dr. Lorna Williams, a member of the Lil’Wat First Nation, who has, for most of her career, worked in multiple educational settings in BC . This includes time working with the Mount Currie Indian Band, the BC Ministry of Education, the Vancouver School Board (as an Aboriginal Education district support teacher) and most recently as an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair of Indigenous Education and Language Revitalization at the University of Victoria. Dr. Williams has also been an active supporter of the AES Network .