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Indigenous Education Department
Springvalley Middle School has two Indigenous Advocates: Ms. Stephanie Kenequonash and Ms. Samantha SteenwykThe role of the Advocate is to provide cultural, social, emotional and academic support.

Throughout the year Stephanie and Kathy offer or assist students and teachers with diverse programs, clubs and events such as:
  • Homework clubs
  • Traditional hand drumming, fancy shawl dancing
  • Acting/performing legends
  • Indigenous Family Fun Nights
  • Traditional foods/art presentations
  • Acknowledging/attending National Indigenous holidays and traditional events
  • Provide class presentations or connect the teacher and students with an appropriate presenter
  • Assisting with Gardening enrichment (with an Okanagan component)
The Gathering Room door is always open. Feel free to stop by anytime, or call or email.


"The First Peoples Principles of Learning​ are affirmed within First Peoples communities and are being reflected in the development of all K-12 curriculum and assessment. First identified in relation to English 12 First Peoples, the First Peoples Principles of Learning generally reflect First Peoples pedagogy. The term "First Peoples" includes First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Canada, as well as indigenous peoples around the world."

from the BC Ministry of Education Indigenous Education web site​

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