These agreements have forged new relationships and commitments to improve the educational success of Indigenous students. If you would like more information, please contact the school district`s Indigenous education programs or the Indigenous Education Team. To learn more about the programs, Council meetings and resources available to students, parents and teachers, visit Aboriginal Education. Our Improvement Agreement was signed on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Lower Kootenay Band office. The Kootenay Lake School District recognizes, respects and honours First Nations, in the traditional territories of which the district operates, as well as all Aboriginal people who live within the boundaries of the #8 School District. In the past, British Columbia schools have failed to ensure that Aboriginal students receive quality training that allows these students to succeed in the broader provincial economy while maintaining a connection to their culture. The growing recognition of this problem led to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in 1999: we would like to thank our communities for sharing their voices during the development of our new improvement agreement called Na`tsa`maht. We thank you for your good spirit and good humor: Na`tsa`maht. The signing ceremony and implementation took place on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. “Na`tsa`maht: to be of a spirit, of a spirit. Working together, working side by side, supporting each other, walking together. Good spirit, good spirit for the good of our children, for the good of Mother Earth that sustains us. BC Government Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreements The overall objective of this Improvement Agreement is to improve the success of our Aboriginal students and to raise awareness of Aboriginal culture, tradition and issues among all members of the school district #8 community.

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