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Aboriginal Support Team

Aboriginal Services at AMS:

Here at Abby Middle School we have an awesome Aboriginal Program which supports over 120  Aboriginal students at our school.   We have 2 part time Aboriginal Education Assistants,and one full time Youth care worker who work together to ensure that our students feel safe and have a sense of belonging;  that they get the social/emotional support they need in order to concentrate;   they can attain one on one and/or group academic support in order to excel in their studies; and they also learn about Aboriginal culture.   

Our program offers our students several cultural/educational activities in which presenters go right into their classrooms,  as well as  cultural presentations in our own Aboriginal room.  We take our Aboriginal students on fieldtrips each year,  starting off with the grade 6’s going rock climbing, to build relationships and make our new students feel welcome and get to know each other.   We also offer our grade 7 and grade 8 students fieldtrips to Capilano Suspension bridge and Grouse Mt. respectively.  We offer Halq’emeylem Language lessons, and integrate cultural teachings into our curriculum, like math lessons using dream catchers to learn about angles.  We also have a grade 6 family movie night; a fieldtrip for excelling grade 8 students to UBC to spark post- secondary goals;  a Christmas Karaoke party, as well as cultural Christmas aboriginal ornament making so students have presents to bring home for their family.  We also have a year end family gathering every year. Last but not least we offer a morning breakfast club for those students in need.  In addition to all of the above, the Aboriginal staff team give daily academic support as well as social emotional support as needed.

Our focus for our Aboriginal program is to give our students the tools socially and emotionally, and the education  culturally and academically, to have confidence in themselves,  to be proud of their Aboriginal heritage,  to have the skill set needed to graduate, and finally, to know that they all have bright futures ahead of them!