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Eligibility Requirements

Stó:lō Education Services provides support individuals with status, to the following bands:

  • Aitchelitz
  • Matsqui
  • Skowkale
  • Tzeachten
  • Yakweakwioose

People eligible to receive educational support must fit the following requirements:

  • Children must be 4 years of age and up by December 31.
  • All First Nations students in school who reside on the reserves.
  • Adult learners who are non-graduates and are working to obtain their Dogwood Certificates.
  • Students acquiring extra courses.

The types of schools covered by tuition are:

  • Provincial
  • Band-operated
  • Private or independent; however, many private schools are not approved by AANDC. You must inform the Education Coordinator before enrolling your child in private school.

For more information regarding eligibility requirements, and AANDCNominal Roll policy, please read the following notice, available for download here (PDF 66KB).


Kindergarten to Grade 12 Services

The In-School staff provides a variety of services to assist First Nation students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. All children receive school supply cheques, while children in eighth grade and up receive a monthly cheque delivered at three month in tervals.

These services include:

  • Student monthly incentive allowances
  • Student fees and supplies
  • Arrange tutoring
  • Student, parent and school liaison
  • Student support / peer counselling
  • Home visits
  • Stó:lō and Bursary awards program
  • Community educational workshops
  • Curriculum development/implementation
  • Provide cross-cultural awareness to teachers, administrators and education staff.
  • Provide/teach Stó:lō Native Studies
  • Provide education forums for Stó:lō students
  • Participate on School District Advisory committees
  • Negotiate education agreements with local School Districts on behalf of member Stó:lō First Nations.
  • Liaison with other local educational institutes.

Parents: Download the School Record Waiver Form here

 

Post-Secondary School Services

The Post Secondary Student Support Services provides academic counselling and financial support to Stó:lō Nation community members whose education funds are administered through Stó:lō Nation Education services. Scholarships and bursaries are also available to post secondary students and are awarded based on grades, course load, and GPA. Bursaries are based more on needs however, grades are still a factor.

Students can apply through the Stó:lō Nation Post Secondary Education for the following types of support:

  • basic tuition fees
  • registration fees
  • professional certification
  • examination fees
  • cost of books and supplies
  • tutorial funding
  • living expense (food, shelter, daily transportation, child care and emergency expenses)
  • travel
  • scholarships


How Do I Qualify?

  • You must be a registered Status Member
  • You need academics such as Math, English and Science with your Dogwood Certificate
  • Your must be taking at least 3 courses per term
  • You must be working towards a certificate, diploma or degree


How Do I Apply?

  • Book an interview
  • Get an explanation of policies, terms and conditions
  • Make sure you are registered to a Stó:lō Nation Band


Required Forms

  • Post-secondary Application Form (CLICK HERE)
  • Academic transcripts
  • Personal resume
  • Letter of career goal & objective
  • Letter of acceptance to institution
  • Copy of program information with fee schedule
  • Copy of current status card

 


Stó:lō Nation Schools

The Stó:lō Nation has two schools that are recognized as provincial schools and have been operating since 1995.

Stó:lō Alternate:
This school is for students who are between the ages of 12 – 16.

 

Special Dates & Events

The following are special dates and events from Stó:lō Education Services:

  • Student registration is on the third week in July.
  • Stó:lō Awards Ceremony is the largest in the Fraser Valley and takes place on the fourth Thursday in May.
  • The Annual Waterslide Day is usually the second week in August.
  • Annual Leadership Conference that is held in Langley, BC.

 

Longhouse Extension Program

In response to the Provincial Schools' need to provide a unit on First Nations within their curriculum, Stó:lō Nation has developed their program for Grade 4 students in cooperation with the local School Districts.

The students will see the following stations set up in the Coqualeetza Longhouse:

  • Bannock making
  • Carving
  • Weaving
  • Drum making
  • Cedar bark
  • Language
  • Slahal game
  • Dancing
  • Cedar root baskets
  • Beading

The Longhouse Extension Program was established to provide a local space where teachers and students can experience aspects of the Stó:lō way of life, philosophy and culture first-hand, as well as participate in hands-on programming designed to supplement the written curricula.

Stó:lō artists and crafts people create original objects and replica pieces onsite for exhibit. This allows visitors an opportunity to watch these artists in action which will foster an understanding and strengthening of the Stó:lō culture in our community.

 

Aboriginal eMentoring

Aboriginal eMentoringBC is an online mentoring program for Aboriginal youth that:

Supports youth to believe they can graduate high school and enter university/college
Sparks interest in the health sciences – an area that desperately needs more Aboriginal professionals!
Creates cross-cultural dialogue between universities/colleges and Aboriginal communities about education
For more information regarding eMentoring, download the brochure below or contact the Community Development department at 604-824-3299 or toll-free at 1-877-847-3288.

Download the Aboriginal eMentoring flyer. (PDF 334KB)

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