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SD46 Indigenous Education

Indigenous Learning Support

District Indigenous Education Support Teachers develop relationships with  students with Indigenous ancestry, their families and their teachers in order to provide support to them and create social-emotional connections, personalize their learning, and enhance opportunities for academic success.  

 We say that our work takes us in Four Directions:  

• The Students 
• Respect and Honour the Voice of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Families/Communities 
• The Educators 
• The Learning Path 

We use the following stars to guide us:  Culture • Vision • Partnership • Responsiveness • Success • Relationship

What We Do

 Indigenous Education Support Teachers serve students and families as facilitators, teachers, keepers, mentors, witnesses, advocates, speakers and collaborators.


The Students

Develop relationships with and support for students with Indigenous Ancestry in order to create social-emotional connections;  a sense of respect, presence and  belonging; personalize their learning; and enhance opportunities for academic success.

Provide Indigenous Language and Culture experiences for learners with Indigenous ancestry and offer cultural experiences for all learners.

   • Through research and by consulting with Indigenous students, parents and colleagues, identify the barriers and foundations to student success.

  • Co-design learning plans with school staff and families to enhance chances for success for Indigenous students.

  • Ensure a culturally respectful and appropriate response to a student’s need for intervention.

  • Collect, share, analyze, set goals and take action to support students based on achievement data.

  • Encourage cultural pride and sharing among students/in schools.

  • Offer cultural teachings and facilitate visits from knowledge keepers and elders in elementary and secondary classrooms.

  • Offer one to one and small group learning support in classrooms.


Respect, Honour, Voice

Hear and respond to the Voice of the Indigenous communities.  

The voice of students, parents, and the communities guide how best to support Indigenous students in school.

Respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and the BC Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act  

  • Form and maintain an Indigenous Education Advisory Circle that reflects the First Nations, Métis and Inuit  parent, student and education community.

  • Regularly consult student, parents and the Indigenous communities.

  • Develop and maintain a foundation for partnership, leadership, and self-determination for students and the community.

  • Collect and share information; co-design and support planning and action based on achievement data.

  • Hold up and promote Language, Cultural Knowledge, Protocol and Ceremony.


The Educators

With classroom teachers, support staff, and school/district leadership, collaborate on enhancing learning for Indigenous and all students.

Collaborate on inclusion, supporting diversity, and the implementation of the curriculum.

  • Engage in a cultural and professional learning community.

  • Encourage culturally respectful and responsive design of learning experiences.

  • Collect, advise on, and assist with access to digital, print and human resources for students and teachers.

  • Advance best educational practises and build collective efficacy.

  • Based on consultation and data, set goals, co-design and support planning/enhancement action based on achievement data.

  • Support the District Strategic Plan goals.

  • Model instructional approaches for colleagues: through co-planning, teach and co-teach in classrooms.

  • Co-plan and collaborate on learning support/interventions.

  • Co-plan and collaborate on curriculum implementation


The Learning Path  

Support students and families through the stages of learning and accessing options associated with Early Learning, the School Years, and beyond.

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

  • Engage in information sharing and counselling 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.

The People Who Support Indigenous Students 


Indigenous Learning Programs and Services Staff (SD46 Employees)


District Principal, Indigenous Learning

         Kerry Mahlman   cell 604 885 8345

Administrative Assistant, Indigenous Learning

         Verona Trincabelli   604 886 3741 (Tue-Wed-Thu)

• She sháshishálhem (Sechelt) Language and Culture Program

         Rita Poulsen, sháshishálhem Teacher 

         Kinnikinnick, Chatelech, Sunshine Coast Alternative


• District Indigenous Education Support Program Teachers 

Gus Guzek  778-677-7148

Langdale, Gibsons, Cedar Grove, Roberts Creek 


Lindsay Benger  604-741-7667

West Sechelt, Kinnikinnick, Davis Bay, Halfmoon Bay


Mary-Jo Hunt 778-847-4436

Elphinstone, SCAS, Chatelech


Sharlene Prasad   604-442-8699

West Sechelt, Kinnikinnick, Davis Bay, Halfmoon Bay


• District Indigenous Student Success


Tammy Saigeon, Indigenous Student Success Teacher  604-740-1500   

All secondary schools; when needed in elementary schools
Transitions to secondary and to post-secondary/training/work

Indigenous students in care 


• District English Language Development (ESD)

 Lisa Kennedy,  Morningside Numeracy/Literacy and ESD Program  604-741-7394



• District Indigenous Support Workers (SD46 Employees)

 Kate-Lynn Dixon and Michelle Dixon: Chatelech.     office: 604-885-3216

 Natasha Joe and Debralee Paul: Kinnikinnick    office: 604-885-6666


shíshálh Nation Support    (shishalh Nation Employees)


Education Director, Education Department, shishalh Nation

          Guy Morin

Education Manager, Education Department, shishalh Nation

          Andrea Paul     604-885-9404    


• Teaching Assistants              

    Pauline Feschuk     Kinnikinnick  

    Trent Dixon               Kinnikinnick 

    Darren Dixon           Chatelech  


• Language and Culture Teaching Assistants  

           Leah Julius            Chatelech and Kinnikinnick

          Andy Johnson      Chatelech and Kinnikinnick


• Education Case Workers

Mark Lebbell            grade 10 – 12  Sec Schools           

Stefanie Block         grade 8-10 Secondary Schools  

            Sandra Lipscombe  gr. 5-8 Elem. and Sec. Schools     604-399-9377      

            Holly Neate                grade K-4 Elementary Schools.  604-399-9104


 Post Secondary Education, Training and Employment 

            Ashley Charleson, Manager (604) 885-9404 


 • Family Support

            Shyanne GeorgesonFamily Support Worker (604) 885-9404 


 •  Adolescent Mental Health Worker  

             (604) 885-9404 


                                                                             Contents of shishalh culture baskets created by Jessica Silvey and Robert Joe

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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