School District 72 operates on the traditional territories of the Laichwiltach, Klahoose and K'omoks First Nations and we honour these relationships. We also respect and value the relationships with the Homalco First Nations, all other First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples who reside in these territories. This land has always been a place of learning and we are thankful to live, work, learn and play here. It is with respectful consideration that the programs and services provided to students and staff acknowledge their histories, cultural contributions and contemporary concerns.
Geographically the district is located on the east coast of central Vancouver Island, extending north to Sayward and south to Oyster River and includes the outer islands of Read, Cortes, and Quadra. The area has a combined population of approximately 60,000 residents.
The school district serves 5,479 students in 17 schools and one alternate learning centre, and administers a yearly budget of approximately $71 million.
School District 72 is dedicated to the achievement of personal excellence for all members of its learning community; staff, students, and parents alike. Our core values of learning is central, collegiality is essential and respect is fundamental drive how we operate and make decisions and each day. Our district strives for students who are literate, numerate and socially responsible.
Our Logo Story
Our logo was designed by Mulidzas - Curtis Wilson, a First Nations artist, born, raised and educated in Campbell River and our school district. His family comes from all four corners of the Kwakwaka'wakw territory; Axwamees (Wakeman Sound), We Wai Kai (Cape Mudge), Ba'as (Blunden Harbour) and Wei Wai Kum (Campbell River).
The salmon is an important symbol for the Kwakwaka'wakw Nations and represents dependability and renewal. It conveys the importance of family, friendships and strength in numbers. Just as our schools and communities are rich with diversity, there are many different types of salmon.
In the centre of the salmon is a salmon egg, which represents children and our future generations. It is encircled by the salmon to symbolize the care, guidance and responsibility our Board of Education and district staff know that we are entrusted with.
Officially unveiled by the Board of Education on October 15, 2015, our logo embraces the natural environment we are lucky to be surrounded by, the strength of our relationship with the Indigenous peoples that reside within this territory, and a sense of belonging for all.