Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Pathways Family Night

Come and join us at the November family night at Pathways Aboriginal Centre located on Alderbridge Way. There will be a family night once a month so please watch for more details!

Nov Family Night

Pathways newsletter - December 2011

Here is the December newsletter of Pathways Aboriginal Centre. Please check out the calendar of events and the homework club that is new this year!

Winter 2011 Final 2

Friday, November 18, 2011

Brighouse School Grand Opening

Brighouse Elementary School had their Official Grand Opening on Friday, October 28, 2011.

A giant Talking Stick carved by Musqueam artist, Joe Becker, was installed in the front foyer of the school and marked this special occasion. Joe was present to open the Ceremony as well as to talk to the guests about the significance of the talking stick.

Today, one of the most important lessons to be taught is to listen carefully when someone is speaking. The talking stick was traditionally used in council meetings to insure order and organization. The person holding the stick in the circle was the only one permitted to speak. The animals carved in the talking stick each represent the values of the Brighouse community.

For more detail on the artist and his work, please view the video below and click the following link for more information on the Opening of Brighouse school:

Arrival of the Talking Stick at Brighouse

Thursday, June 23, 2011

SD#38 (Richmond) signs its first Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement!

It was indeed an exciting day in the life of the Richmond School District!
On Tuesday, June 21, 2011, School District #38 (Richmond) signed their first Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement (AEEA).

This Agreement will be the vehicle, which will enhance the learning of all students in the District so that all of us, educators, students and families may have some knowledge about the history and culture of Aboriginal peoples. The AEEA is the result of the intense collaborative work over the last four years involving many dedicated people and stakeholders who make up the AEEA Committee.
Traditional songs and dances, some of which were performed by our students in the District, entertained students, teachers, district administrators and personnel, community members, the MLAs for Richmond, the Richmond Board of Education, and the Minister of Education.

Elder Mary Charles from the Musqueam Indian Band opened the Signing Ceremony, held at Blundell Elementary School. Her kind and endearing words to the students were inspirational and encouraging.

Councillor Jordan Point from the Musqueam Indian Band remarked how the development of this agreement was done in a positive and inclusive way, which is an important aspect in Aboriginal education.

Encouraging words from the Honourable George Abbott, Minister of Education reiterated the Government’s priority to Aboriginal Education and the commitment to work together to improve the success of all Aboriginal students.

After the signing of the Agreement, Board Chair Donna Sargent thanked all parties for making the commitment to help all students have a better understanding of Aboriginal heritage and culture.

The willingness of the community to sign this agreement and thereby embrace the goals is a testament to the optimism with which we face the future together.

Here is a copy of the Agreement for your perusal:
SD#38 (Richmond)

Memunu Summer youth program

Pathways Aboriginal Youth Centre has activities for youth between the ages of 10-14 every Saturday, all summer long. Check out the calendar of events and enjoy some of the cultural and outdoor activities being offered.

Memunu Summer 2011 Brochure

Monday, February 7, 2011

District Convention Aboriginal Education Workshops

Some of the workshops being offered at our District Convention on Friday, February 11, 2011 have content in Aboriginal Education. Check out the listing below.

3District Convention Ab Ed

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Pathways February 2011 Newsletter

Here is the latest newsletter from Pathways Aboriginal Centre in Richmond. Check out all the wonderful things that are happening here in our community with our youth.