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Grande Prairie Public School District
Every Student Succeeds
Indigenous Programming

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Our Mission: 

That ALL students and staff of GPPSD, have the opportunity to gain a better understanding and respect of Indigenous spirituality, culture and philosophy.

The First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Program staff will:

  • Provide social, emotional and cultural support to students
  • Act as a liaison between parents and schools
  • Provide indigenous specific professional development for all staff
  • Develop curriculum and resources to encourage indigenous pedagogy into the classroom
  • Work with parents, families and community to enhance the FNMI Program

Focused on ensuring that our learners have the supports in place that are required for school success, the First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Program employs a District level programming coordinator. The District Coordinator oversees two positions at the High School level and two district Family Outreach Worker positions. The High School positions will focus on supporting students in their graduation plan and the two Family Outreach Worker positions will support our FNMI students, parents and families in our district on an itinerant basis.

The District Coordinator also coordinates cultural activities in our schools by ensuring that community resources are available to the schools. Our commitment is to have culturally respectful learning opportunities available to all students in all grades in our system.

The FNMI Program will continue to represent GPPSD on the Zone 1 First Nations, Métis and Inuit Advisory Committee, the Mâmâwîhtowin Conference Committee, Grande Prairie Aboriginal Circle of Services and in various other capacities to support FNMI student success.

The FNMI Program has moved to an Outreach model in which to better support our students, parents, families and community.  We have four full-time positions within the district.  Two positions will be out of our high schools and two will be district based. 

Coming Changes

The Alberta Government has committed to a rewrite of the Provincial FNMI curriculum which will include providing more tools for teachers to teach FNMI history and perspective in the classroom. This honours the government's commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report findings.

For more information, please contact:

Ken Dunfield
District Principal of Indigenous Programming
Grande Prairie Public School District #2357
Phone: 780-532-4491 ext 1701