Mission Public School District would like to acknowledge and honour the traditional, ancestral, unceded and shared lands of the Stó:lo people, which include Sq'éwlets, Leq'á:mel, Sema:th, Matheqwí and Qwó:ltl'el First Nations.
Siwal Si’wes offers academic and cultural support for students to participate in while attending Mission Public Schools. The programs are provided in accordance with the Ministry of Education Guidelines for Indigenous Education and in consultation with our Siwal Si’wes Indigenous Advisory Council.
The Siwal Si’wes Indigenous Department of SD75 provides the following types of supports for children and youth of Indigenous ancestry attending SD75 schools, and includes but is not limited to cultural, social-emotional, healthy living, attendance support and classroom (academic) supports. These supports are provided through an Indigenous lens and can happen in the classroom, or in small groups or individually (one-on-one), depending on the needs of the child and vision of the school.
All schools are staffed with a Siwal Si’wes Indigenous Support Worker who is an active school team member. This person liaises and collaborates with school staff (including teachers, counselors, youth care workers and administrators), and parents and caregivers, all with the best interest of the child and/or youth at front and centre. With parent permissions, they liaise with local community service/outreach organizations many of whom who provide supports specifically for Indigenous children, youth and families.