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SD46 Indigenous Education

The Learning Journey


School District Indigenous Learning staff, along with shíshálh Nation and Skwxwú7mesh Nation Education staff, support students and families through the stages of learning and accessing options associated with Early Learning, the School Years, and beyond.

What We Do

• Support early learning through to adult learning initiatives for Indigenous students and families.

• Engage in information sharing and counselling with students towards post-secondary learning and work  opportunities.

• Initiate exploration experiences that spark a vision of one’s own future and that of the community – and a path to get there. These explorations include work experience, short course training, and touring post-secondary and training institutions in BC.




Early Learning 

Families with children aged birth to five have a number of programs that they can participate in free of charge. School District No. 46 (Sunshine Coast) is dedicated to building a ‘continuum of support’ that fosters nurturing, responsive relationships between young children and their families, their communities and their schools so that children and families will thrive and develop an early and lifelong zest for learning.

All School District 46 (Sunshine Coast) Early Learning Programs are offered to ALL families on the Sunshine Coast with children under school age at NO COST to families.  Click here to go to the Early Learning website



The Kindergarten Program will help your child learn in a child-centred, play- based atmosphere. 

All elementary schools provide opportunities for each Kindergarten student to: 

·         Develop a happy, positive attitude to learning. 

·         Adjust to their new environment. 

·         Strengthen self-confidence and self-worth. 

·         Develop independence. 

·         Form good health and safety habits. 

·         Learn to accept routines and responsibilities. 

·         Develop reading, writing and language and numeracy skills. 

·         Explore their creativity. 

·         Learn to problem-solve and make informed decisions. 

·         Expand their natural curiosity by exploring and investigating aspects of their world. 

·         Learn to respect others and their property. 

Click here to learn more about Kindergarten.   Click here for information about registering for Kindergarten. 



SD46 Schools and Services

To learn more about the schools and services in the district, Click here.    



BC Graduation Program Information

British Columbia’s graduation program had changed. Our education system is recognized internationally for its excellence and we can make it even better. The Ministry of Education has worked with educators, post-secondary institutions and employers to update the B.C. Graduation Program. The new program helps students develop their full potential and equip them with the skills they need to adapt and thrive well into the future.

A Parents’ Guide to the BC Graduation Program (Grades 10 – 12)


Resources to help you plan your post-secondary journey 

and to support you while you are at school



Guiding Your Education Journey – FNESC’s handbook for First Nations parents and students 

includes tools and information for First Nations families to help their teens plan for secondary and post-secondary education so that they can have successful careers. This guide is in process of being updated.


Find Your Path is a personalized, interactive education and career planning tool that allows users to choose an area of interest

and easily navigate different paths that connect post-secondary programs, skills training, and careers.


Aboriginal Learning Links 

provides resources for First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners wishing to pursue or continue college or university (post-secondary) studies in British Columbia


B.C.’s Career Guide for Indigenous Peoples

provides practical tools and activities, information and many resources to explore values, skills and careers that fit.


Indigenous Peoples in Trades  

 ITA’s Indigenous Initiatives team works closely with Indigenous communities, Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) holders, training providers and employers across B.C. to make trades training accessible to rural and urban communities.



Please feel free to contact us with questions or comments:

Kerry Mahlman
District Principal
Indigenous Learning
School District No. 46 (Sunshine Coast)

Phone: 604 885 8345

Guy Morin
Director of Education
shíshálh Nation

Phone: 604-885-9404 ext. 257

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