Advocacy

First Nation-specific student achievement data for public schools is available upon request from the Ministry of Education.  The First Nations Education Steering Committee has a template letter to help communities make the request.

How Are We Doing Report from the BC Ministry of Education gives an annual snapshot of Aboriginal student achievement data for BC public schools, and shows trends over time.  Versions are created for each School District level data (select your local school district and scroll to the bottom to see “Aboriginal students:  How Are We Doing?”)

BC Association of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) has a number of downloadable resources designed for parents, such as Bullying Stops Here, the School Meeting Survival Guide and Speaking Up! A Parent Guide to Advocating for Students in Public Schools

Attendance

Attendance Works has parent flyers, school handouts, key messages and fact sheets designed to help schools and parents improve student attendance at school.

Seventh Generation Club encourages First Nations students to stay in school and attend regularly, while encouraging them to study hard and prepare for their futures. It is free to join.

Health and Wellness

The First Nations Health Authority has some resources that maybe be helpful for parents and for club meetings, including resources about children’s oral health, Jordan’s Principle, traditional foods fact sheets, Parents as First Teachers, and Healthy Food Guidelines for First Nations Communities.

Language and Culture

First Peoples’ Cultural Council supports the revitalization of Aboriginal language, arts and culture in BC and provides funding and resources to communities. It includes resources such as the Language Status Report and Language Fact Sheets.

FirstVoices offers First Nations language learning tools specific to many BC First Nations as well as tools for documenting languages. Try out FirstVoices Chat and the games with your family.

Post-Secondary and Career Planning

Aboriginal Learning Links offers resources to help your child pursue or continue colleague or university studies in BC, including information on budgeting, scholarships, housing, on-campus services and more.

Career Journeys Role Model Program has a great guide for parents and students to help with planning for higher education.

EducationPlannerBC can be used to search for specific types of post-secondary programs and apply to post-secondary institutions.

Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association is a good way to connect to the 40 Aboriginal-controlled post-secondary and adult education institutes in BC.

Support

KUU-US Crisis Line Society First Nations and Aboriginal Specific crisis line available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  Adults/Elders (250-723-4050), Child/Youth (250-723-2040), Toll Free Line (1-800-588-8717)

Kids Help Phone (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week across Canada) 1-800-668-6868

1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in B.C. only

Erasebullying.ca has reporting tools and resources about bullying.

Parents Conference Resources

The following presentations and handouts were shared at the 2015 Parents Club Conference.

Attendance

Attendance

It’s Tuesday afternoon and Clayton is not in class. Is he skipping Socials Studies? Has…

Student Data In BC Public Schools:  How Are We Doing? Report

Student Data in BC Public Schools: How Are We Doing? Report

The How Are We Doing? Report is an annual report on educational indicators for Aboriginal…

Make Reading Time Count!

Make Reading Time Count!

Talking and Reading Aloud was another well-received workshop at the 2015 Conference, which gave tips on…

Online Safety

Online Safety

Looking for resources to keep your children safe online?  The 2015 Conference Plenary Workshop by…

Career Journeys Series

Career Journeys Series

The Parent/Student Handbook that is part of the First Nations Role Models Career Journeys Series is designed to…

Aboriginal Learning Links

Aboriginal Learning Links

Aboriginal Learning Links is a web portal that provides resources for Aboriginal learners wishing to pursue…

Advocacy For Families

Advocacy for Families

The 2015 Conference workshop Advocacy for Families, provided an introduction to what it means to…

First Nations Parents Club: A Handbook For Parents

First Nations Parents Club: A Handbook for Parents

First Nations Parents Club: A Handbook for Parents Kavanagh, B. 2003 (revised March 2012) Price:…

Rhyming And Phonics

Rhyming and Phonics

The workshop Let's Read and Play offered fun ideas for rhyming and phonics play that parents…

Parent Advocacy

Parent Advocacy

In the Parents Club Conference 2015 Discussion Table sessions, parents shared ideas on challenges and…