Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la formation et la profession enseignante (CRIFPE)

Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la formation et la profession enseignante (CRIFPE)


The EdCan Network (2018). Reconciliation in Action: Creating a Learning Community for Indigenous Student Success. Toronto, Ontario : The EdCan Network.


A case study report on how one B.C. high school is mobilizing a whole-community approach to raise Indigenous graduation rates With practical applications from Mount Boucherie Secondary School’s Academy of Indigenous Studies.

The Academy of Indigenous Studies is a ‘learning community’ within Mount Boucherie Secondary School, a part of Central Okanagan Public Schools (B.C. School District 23), in West Kelowna, B.C. This learning community offers a 20-credit high school study track available to both Indigenous* and non-Indigenous students, which includes courses in Indigenous history, literature, leadership, culture, art, and Okanagan language, and is available to students of all grade levels. The Academy’s course content is transmitted through a pan-Canadian Indigenous lens – integrating Indigenous Worldviews, paradigms, and perspectives from across Canada – as well as through the lens and protocols of local Okanagan First Nations communities. Leveraging key initiatives put in place by B.C.’s Ministry of Education, the program integrates students and course delivery within a learning community, or a network, surrounded by the support of Indigenous teachers, Aboriginal Advocates or Support Workers, and Aboriginal Tutors. The vision for the program – and that of the district’s Indigenous education policies – is co-created with local First Nations through Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreements (EAs) and an Aboriginal Education Council (AEC). The program was a response to high rates of Indigenous student disengagement and dropout. Student cohorts past and present have traditionally had low attendance rates, low levels of achievement, and experience a variety of challenges including neglect, substance addiction, abuse, disconnection from their language and culture, subjection to stereotypes, and a multitude of inter-generational traumas resulting from the abuses endured by family members who were placed in residential schools. The Academy of Indigenous Studies, and other initiatives led by the school district, have succeeded in raising the high school graduation rate for Indigenous students from 66% in 2012/13 to 77% in 2016/17. The program is expanding to meet the needs of Central Okanagan Public Schools’ over 2,000 Indigenous learners.


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Université de Montréal
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Outremont (Québec) H2V 2S9

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Université de Montréal
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