Honouring Indigenous Culture and Heritage During Indigenous History Month
Campbell River School District is celebrating National Indigenous History Month during June, as an opportunity to further recognize the history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.
Our schools are on the traditional territories of the Laichwiltach, Klahoose, and K'omoks First Nations. We honour our relationship with these First Nations, the Homalco First Nations and all other First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples who reside in these territories. There are 1,422 students with Indigenous ancestry in School District 72, approximately one quarter of the district's student population.
National Indigenous History Month was created in 2009 with a unanimous motion in the House of Commons and June 21 also marks National Indigenous Peoples Day, to recognize the contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to Canadian history and diversity.
One of our three strategic priorities is to ensure that Indigenous students see their culture reflected in their schools and classrooms and we continue that work every day.
Indigenous history and culture are referenced in every subject and grade level of the BC curriculum, from social studies to language arts to science. Many of our schools also showcase Indigenous artwork to recognize and celebrate the strong and important connection to local Indigenous communities.