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Aboriginal Education

Aboriginal Program

We have found that underlying the success of aboriginal students at Hatzic is the building of strong relationships between home and school.  We work diligently to maintain positive communication with our aboriginal families and encourage their participation in their child’s education.   Our focus is improvement in academic success and attendance.  We strive to meet the cultural needs of each of our students on an individual basis through connections with community leaders and elders.

Academic success is enhanced by honouring the students who have made improvements and identifying those who need extra support.  Through consultation with students as well as parents, we make an effort to understand  problems and find solutions. 

All of our aboriginal students are personally seen throughout the year to discuss their programs and give support or advice where needed.  Our interventions also include advocating with community agencies, mediating with family or friends, transportation, providing food as well as counseling.

Aboriginal Garden

On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 the Aboriginal Garden at Hatzic Middle School was opened with a ceremony attended by many people from the community and school district. The school’s Environmental Team co-created the garden in the courtyard with many native plants, Aboriginal artwork and an Aboriginal carving. The students promote environmental awareness and help create and maintain an inviting school environment for all students and staff. Their tireless efforts make our community a wonderful place to learn and grow. Thank you to Lyn O'Grady for her endless work and effort.