Indigenous Education Program

​The First Peoples Principles of Learning

principlesoflearningthumb.jpg"The First Peoples Principles of Learning​ are affirmed within First Peoples communities and are being reflected in the development of all K-12 curriculum and assessment. First identified in relation to English 12 First Peoples, the First Peoples Principles of Learning generally reflect First Peoples pedagogy.  The term "First Peoples" includes First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Canada, as well as indigenous peoples around the world."

from the BC Ministry of Education Aboriginal Education web site​

RMS Aboriginal Program Overview

Rutland Middle School has two Aboriginal Advocates, Ms. Jen Jefferies and Ms. Amanda Berry. They provide both cultural, social, and academic supports for students of Aboriginal ancestry. Throughout the year, they offer a diverse, rich program to allow their students to explore their heritage, as well as to thrive at school. For further information, please contact Ms. Jeffries ( or Ms. Berry ( directly by email, by phone, or by stopping by the Gathering Room.​

Mark Flinsky is our Aboriginal Education & Leadership Enrichment teacher. This course is designed for all students who want to experience traditional and contemporary aspects of leadership though the lens of first peoples in BC. Through aboriginal practices, we will explore the nature of what it means to be a leader in and out of the classroom while enjoying hands on activities such as traditional looming, survival bracelets, dice, stick games, children's games, and perhaps cooking traditional foods.

The SD23 Aboriginal Education Program Logo​

AbEd.jpgRutland Middle School is very thankful for the support that we have recieved from the SD23 Aboriginal Education Program​Learn about the meaning of the SD23 Aboriginal Education Program logo by following this link​.