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Successful Practices in First Nations Education

Students at George M. Dawson Secondary

In this Tyee Solutions Society series, reporter Katie Hyslop looks at some inspiring models for doing things differently; what society's failure to help our Aboriginal youth learn is costing the rest of us; and how the federal and provincial governments might better spend Aboriginal education dollars.

Katie Hyslop reports on education for the non-profit Tyee Solutions Society. This series was produced by Tyee Solutions Society (TSS) in collaboration with Tides Canada Initiatives Society. Funding for this series was provided by McLean Foundation, Vancouver Foundation, and the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation. All funders sign releases guaranteeing TSS full editorial autonomy. Additional reporting was sponsored by CBC Radio and aired on the Daybreak North radio program Sept. 6-9, 2011.

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In This Series


Chief Atahm Elementary school

How Chief Atahm Elementary School Became a Success Story

'Develop wisdom, honour the spiritual.' Those principles guide a unique learning approach breaking through low expectations for First Nations achievement. First in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 6 Sep 2011


Tyrone McNeil

'Most Teachers Don't Know Who First Nations Are'

We all pay when Aboriginal kids aren't given their best chance to learn. Second in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 7 Sep 2011


Students at George M. Dawson Secondary

Welcome to Haida High

With a majority Aboriginal population, the Haida Gwaii school district is using their language, heritage and culture to reach and teach their students. Third in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 13 Sep 2011


Aboriginal Friendship Centre

Amidst the Big City, an Aboriginal Public School?

Vancouver's school board sees potential in a school designed from curriculum up to appeal to urban First Nations youth. Fourth in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 14 Sep 2011


Class learning Squamish language

Giving Aboriginal Students Words of Their Own

More than a village, it takes a living language to educate a child. Aboriginal educators say BC's government is letting endangered tongues die. Latest in a series on successful First Nations education.

By Katie Hyslop, 11 Oct 2011



A World of First Nations, Learning

Outside BC, how other indigenous people, and other jurisdictions, are building a record of academic success. Last in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 12 Oct 2011