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Kwantlen Polytechnic University Foundation

Phoenix Kwantlen Learning Centre (PKLC) Aboriginal Evening Program

The Phoenix Kwantlen Learning Centre (PKLC) is a unique adult literacy program designed to reach marginalized and multi-barrier learners. Operating since 2006 through an innovative partnership between Phoenix Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Society and Kwantlen Polytechnic University, PKLC is able to engage and assist learners by virtue of its location within a special integrated addiction services environment in the Whalley area of Surrey. An evening program expansion is needed for young and older Aboriginal adult learners who need to improve their basic academic skills in order to pursue new career and employment paths. Kwantlen faculty members will offer tuition-free Adult Basic Education (ABE) and assessment four evenings a week on-site at the PKLC for up to 68 learners. The program would be designed to teach basic skills through specialized curricula based on Aboriginal content, concepts, history and spirituality, involving Elders and activities in the community.

Okanagan Indian Educational Resources Society

Syilx Indigenous Land-based Learning Project, Phases 3 4: Multi-Year 2013-2015

The Syilx Indigenous Land-Based Learning Project offers memorable, meaningful and transformative land-based learning experiences that feature Syilx (Okanagan) aboriginal perspectives and practices as part of enhanced curriculum for K-12 learners from public schools and band-operated schools throughout the Okanagan region. To-date, 15 land-based lesson plans that combine provincial curriculum requirements and hands-on outdoor activities relating to sustainability, life sciences, arts, social studies, social justice, leadership, and aboriginal culture and language, have been co-created by school staff and Syilx knowledge keepers, elders, and educators as part of project Phases 1 & 2 (in-progress). Implementation and evaluation of completed lesson plans (Phases 3 & 4), including collaborative creation of additional lesson plans for new subject areas, is proposed over the next 3 years with new and existing partners. Lesson plan delivery will occur at the ECOmmunity Place Locatee Lands outdoor 'living classroom' and at other culturally significant sites throughout the region.

Vancouver Community College Foundation

Mentorship Program for Aboriginal Children In the Vancouver School District

We are requesting support to establish a Pilot Mentorship Program in 8 Vancouver School Board Schools-4 elementary feeder schools and 4 high schools-with significant Aboriginal student populations. Approximately 220 students will be involved. The Pilot Mentorshlp Program will begin in the Fall of 2013 and continue through to the end of the school year (June 2014) at which time it will be evaluated with the goal of continuation in the Vancouver District for a total of 3 years prior to expansion to other strategic areas in BC. The key elements of the Mentorship Program are: -recruitment of Aboriginal Mentors with teaching experience -mentorship in course materials, study habits, life skills and career planning -use of both 'one on one' and group models where appropriate -involvement of the Aboriginal Community -emphasis on helping students effectively transition from Elementary School to High School and Primary levels to Intermediate levels. -inculcation of career planning and work experience throughout the Mentorship Program -successful retention to high school graduation