Source: UNBS, SFU and UBC
Summary: This project was undertaken to build upon previous studies of the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreements (AEEAs) within the BC school system (e.g., Castlemain, 2013; McGregor, 2013) to gain insight into the questions: How have AEEAs helped improve Aboriginal education and what improvements to the AEEAs are needed to move forward? This report provides an overview of the history and current state of AEEAs in British Columbia. It then provides insight into the successes and challenges encountered in implementing the AEEAs as well as emergent innovative and interdisciplinary practices addressing performance goals and outcomes of Aboriginal learners. Of particular interest is the discussion surrounding the sustainability of ongoing relationships between and among the Ministry, school districts, and Aboriginal communities as they negotiate the complexities of sharing best practice, promoting Indigenous knowledge and ensuring successful educational outcomes for Aboriginal learners.
With this goal in mind, from November 2015 to April 2016, the authors of this report along with the assistance of research assistants conducted a mixed methods study that included: a qualitative content analysis (QCA) of current AEEAs and their annual reports from 22 districts, a survey of these same districts, and in-depth interviews and focus groups from four districts representing: (1) Northern BC; (2) Okanagan; (3) Lower Mainland; and, (4) Vancouver Island. In this way, a better representation of the needs of those regions were identified and provide insightful recommendations that need to be considered within the context of each district to the Ministry of Education.