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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 16, Number 4, March 2004

Education for sustainable communities

Education isn’t just what we learn. It’s how we learn, where we learn, and from whom we learn. Increasingly in B.C., First Nations children are learning in the context of their history and culture and, not surprisingly, they’re doing better in school.

Between 1991 and 2000, the number of B.C. Aboriginal students completing high school more than doubled. Some of that is due to population growth, but it’s also related to two key trends.

First, as they work to build sustainable communities, First Nations are taking control of their children’s education. Second, with their input, the broader public system is becoming more responsive to the needs of Aboriginal students—supported by partnerships such as the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC), which brings together the federal and B.C. governments with First Nations parents and communities.

As you’ll see, these efforts are doing more than keeping language and culture alive. They’re opening doors to new opportunities for children, families, communities, and the province as a whole.

To find out more about FNESC and its work in creating opportunity for First Nations involvement in education, visit www.fnesc.bc.ca.



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