Indigenous Education Council

The IEC is made up of delegated representatives of:

  • The K’ómoks First Nation
  • The Wachiay Friendship Centre
  • The MIKI’SIW Metis Association
  • Upper Island Women of Native Ancestry
  • Comox Valley Aboriginal Head Start
  • North Island College
  • School District No. 71 (Comox Valley) Board of Education Trustee Liaison
  • Elected parents/guardians of Aboriginal students
  • An elected parent/guardian of an Aboriginal child 0-5 years
  • Comox District Teachers’ Association (CDTA) teacher representative
  • CUPE 439
  • Invited Elders

Our vision for Aboriginal students is to have a balance between academic performance and Aboriginal culture and identity that will foster the value of lifelong learning.

The IEC Believes in:

  • honouring the traditional territory of the K’ómoks people and recognizing the importance of their leadership role in Aboriginal Education;
  • sharing our world view we take a leading role in education;
  • exercising our right to participate in the decisions affecting Aboriginal children and their families;
  • a shared responsibility to provide quality education for our children and families
  • involving parents at all levels;
  • respecting and honouring the cultural diversity within the Aboriginal community;
  • continuous learning to improve the quality of life;
  • the validity of Aboriginal (knowledge) ways of knowing;
  • striving for unity of one voice as a Council;
  • open and respectful communication at all levels;
  • the permanence of Aboriginal culture and rights.