Indigenous Education

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We would like to acknowledge and thank The Coast Salish People, The Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish on whose traditional territories we teach, learn and live.

The Indigenous success team at Ecole Alpha Secondary provides enhanced programming and services to Indigenous students and their families. Our enhanced services are intended to create pathways to success for each and every Indigenous student within our school.

School based services include, but are not limited to:

Indigenous student and family support : Rae Figursky& Frances Bolton
  • Cultural programming and enhancements
  • Academic tracking and enhancements
  • Access to specialized programming from Indigenous Youth Engagement worker
  • Access to individualized services from Secondary Indigenous Success Teacher
  • One to one services for parents and students
  • Special field trips
  • Access to specialized scholarship and post-secondary information
  • Access to special school based and District events

For more information regarding Indigenous Success Programs and Services at Ecole Alpha Secondary please contact:

Indigenous Youth Engagement WorkerFrances Bolton

The role of the Indigenous Youth Engagement Worker is to provide support for the social, emotional and personal development of Indigenous Students.  They also provide support to the Indigenous families whose children are attending school in Burnaby.

Other areas where the Indigenous Youth Engagement Worker may be involved include:

  • Collaborate with the Indigenous Education Support Team members regarding school district programs for students
  • Facilitate Secondary Indigenous Circle Program
  • Oversee Attitude & Attendance Contracts
  • Eagle Feather Incentive Program
  • Organizing year end Indigenous Achievement Ceremony
  • Oversee Indigenous Youth Leadership Team
  • Provide one-on-one support to students/parents
  • Provide short-term Crisis Intervention
  • Assist with Integrated Case Management Planning
  • Help parents and students understand the school system
  • Encourage parents to participate in district parent groups
  • Provide parents with information about Indigenous Education Programs & Services
Indigenous Success TeacherRae Figursky

The Indigenous Success Teacher’s role is to enhance the engagement and academic standing of Indigenous Learners by providing a variety of intensive supports dependent on each student’s unique needs.  The Indigenous Success Teacher also provides support to other teachers to help Indigenous students be successful in school, and helps teachers implement Indigenous curriculum into their classrooms.

The Indigenous Success Teacher provides academic support with a focus on:

  • enhancing student engagement
  • improving school attendance
  • supporting students to improve their academic standing
  • collaborating with teachers to include Indigenous cultural content across the curriculum
  • presenting at District & School-Based Workshops
  • recommending Indigenous resource materials/people for students, teachers and teacher/librarians

For more information on Indigenous Education in Burnaby Schools please visit: