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Indigenous Education

BeadingNechako Valley Secondary School would like to acknowledge that we are residing on the Traditional Territory of the Saik’uz First Nation.
The Indigenous Program staff at NVSS includes one Teacher for Carrier Language and Culture, two Aboriginal Education Advocates and an Elder in Residence.
Students are welcome to drop into the First Nations office located on the second floor.
Students are provided with a variety of opportunities including Carrier Language Studies, drum-making and carving, bannock days, traditional dances (incorporated into the Dance classes), as well as day trips to Saik’uz for hunting, trapping, medicine, story telling, leadership, health and other educational workshops.

We also provide assistance to female students in grade eleven who wish to attend the Minerva Learning to Lead Foundation Program and we coordinate with several post secondary institutions – including Indspire and the Bold Eagle Program.

Please visit the SD #91 Indigenous Education website to learn more about programs and services offered.
About Saik'uz First Nation
Saik'uz First Nation is a community of approximately 400 with an additional 600 members living throughout British Columbia and Canada. Its traditional territory is located near the geographical centre of BC, with the leading community situated on the east end of Nulki Lake, 14 kilometres south of the town of Vanderhoof.

A member of the greater Dakelh (Carrier) Nation, Saik'uz derives its name from the Dakelh word meaning "on the sand", which refers to the sandy soil on which the main community is settled. Saik'uz has a rich tradition of trapping, hunting, fishing, and medicine, and is currently working to revitalize its language in-community and to develop sustainable economic and cultural growth.

For more information, please visit the Saik'uz First Nation homepage.