1.A.15 – That BCTF support headstart-like programs and early intervention programs controlled by Aboriginal communities to enable Aboriginal students to successfully begin the school experience. From left: Rosemary Wallace, Laurie Brummitt, Cheryl Gabriel and Donna Robins participate in the signing of the third Aboriginal Education Agreement on October 8. The ceremony took place at the Kwantlen Cultural Centre and included a party, calls for witnesses, contract signings, donations and traditional songs. „We, the signatories, recognize that Indigenous learners are not academically successful in British Columbia. We declare that we intend to work together within the mandates of our respective organizations to improve the educational success of Indigenous learners in British Columbia. According to Kwantlen First Nation members Donna Robins, who is also a Langley teacher, and Cheryl Gabriel, the new agreement is „great,” but also „shouldn`t be taken lightly.” The sisters were part of an Aboriginal advisory committee that spent more than a year creating an agreement – a call to action to address the educational needs of Aboriginal students. 1.A.13 — (a) That the BCTF recognize the importance of Aboriginal teachers working in the school system, both for aboriginal student programs and for programs that serve all students. (a) to define the problems of Aboriginal pupils in public schools; and (b) take leadership initiatives to find solutions to these problems; and that the BCTF, together with Aboriginal people, pursue cooperative strategies to improve educational opportunities in our public schools for Aboriginal students. Last Thursday, the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement was signed at the new Kwantlen Cultural Centre, in front of First Nation chiefs, chiefs and elders, as well as employees and trustees of the Langley School District. 1.A.09 – That indigenous people should ensure that local educational conventions do not involve alternating monitoring and evaluation systems. 1.A.19 – That the BCTF request the Ministry of Education to facilitate the development of district plans and services to assist Aboriginal students, particularly at transition points where students face difficulties. In the past, British Columbia schools have failed to ensure that Aboriginal students receive quality training that allows these students to succeed in the broader provincial economy while maintaining a connection to their culture. The growing recognition of this problem led to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in 1999: Michael Morgan, The Main District for Aboriginal Education, paid tribute to the commitment of the Aboriginal community and the Advisory Committee to reach an agreement of which the whole Community can be proud.
1.A.05 – That the BCTF recognize that Aboriginal communities have a primary responsibility to define what makes Aboriginal students successful in public schools. A. Overall objective: that the teaching population of each school district be proportional to the ratio of Aboriginal students in the district. (b) that the BCTF actively support an employment equity program for public schools, with the goal of reaching a teacher who reflects the ethnic diversity of Bc..`s public schools. . . .