Aboriginal Education in British Columbia

Recognizing that our students are our future, Aboriginal Education seeks to:

  • Improve the success of these students
  • Support all students learning about Aboriginal peoples
  • Help teachers in their efforts to bring Aboriginal knowledge into their teaching practice

British Columbia Tripartite Education Agreement: Supporting First Nation Student Success  (BCTEA)

First Nations students living on reserve attend a variety of different school types. The BCTEA outlines keys to success for these students whether they attend a First Nations, B.C. public or independent school. 

In the Classroom

Several B.C. school districts have incorporated Aboriginal education into lesson plans and learning activities for all students. Learn about the teaching tools available to educators or lookup which school districts offer Aboriginal programs.

Aboriginal Education and Curriculum

Resources for Administrators

Equity in Action Project

The ‘Equity in Action Project’ represents some of the current directions being taken by our School District partners and us to address systemic barriers impacting Aboriginal student achievement. A focus on ‘equity of opportunity’ and a co-constructive approach is driving a review of practices and policies that may be creating obstacles for Aboriginal learners in the B.C. public school system. 

The Equity Scan defines a collective and collaborative decision-making process for school districts to enter into a genuine and meaningful self-assessment dialogue about the experience of education for Aboriginal learners and to respond in strategic ways to create conditions for success. 

The following short film was generously created in partnership with Thompson Rivers University and features a variety of perspectives from many educational leaders that have participated in the field trials of the Equity in Action Project in 2017/2018.





First Nations Schools

There are approximately 130 First Nations schools in 67 First Nations communities in B.C. serving over 5,000 students.

Reconciliation and Anti-Racism


Aboriginal Student Scholarships