In 1979, the Greater Victoria School District joined with the Victoria local of the United Native Nations to form a Commission to review and make recommendations regarding the special educational and cultural needs of District Indigenous Students. The findings of this Commission led to the creation of the First Nations Education Division, which has since become the Indigenous Education Division (IED).
The Greater Victoria School District (GVSD) resides in the traditional territory of the Lkwungen people. We would like to acknowledge the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations on whose territory we live and work. Hay’sxw’qa – thank you. GVSD continues to support programs and curricula that build deeper understandings of Lkwungen history, values and language.
The purpose of the IED is to prioritize improved educational outcomes for Indigenous learners by promoting practices informed by Indigenous perspectives and ways of knowing. Everyone has an important role to play in ensuring the success of Indigenous students, and in supporting all learners in developing their understanding of Indigenous cultures and worldviews as the basis for creating inclusive learning environments and an equitable society. IED takes leadership in this area and invites colleagues, families and communities into the work of creating success and a better future for all students.
IED provides support to our staff and students in four key areas:
- Student Achievement: improved literacy, numeracy, attendance, retention and graduation
- Belonging & Identity: ensuring that Indigenous perspectives, cultures and experiences are honoured in schools
- Awareness & Understanding: increased understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal histories, traditions and protocols
- Relationship & Partnership: developing shared initiatives to improve student outcomes
Through professional support offered to teachers and staff members and through student support programs that assist in overcoming barriers to success, IED is committed to eliminating the learning gap for Indigenous learners, nurturing cultural identity and a sense of belonging, and developing culturally responsive schools and learning environments. For more information about our programs and services, visit the IED website here.