Indigenous Student Success

INDIGENOUS LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT

  • Sturgeon Composite High School, and all the communities in Sturgeon County, acknowledge that we live, learn, work and play in Treaty 6 territory and Métis Region 4. This land has been home to the Cree, the Métis, the Dene, Nakota Sioux, and Blackfoot since time immemorial. And we commit today to the project of joining in the stewardship, protection, and flourishing of this land together into the future.

Welcome

    • At SCHS we believe that there is no school success without Indigenous student success. We believe that Indigenous students need learning experiences, environments, and communities that support them in their growth and learning as they prepare for successful lives beyond high school. 
    • One such support is the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Student Success Coaching program. We offer individualized, culturally-responsive, holistic student coaching for Indigenous students above and beyond other school supports, particularly in areas like:
      • Academic Skills Coaching
      • Course Coaching
      • Work Completion Support
      • Test and Exam Preparation
      • School Connection and Engagement Support
      • Wellness Support
    • If you have any questions about the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Student Success Coaching Program, please feel free to contact the coach: John Valliere (john.valliere@sturgeon.ab.ca)

News

  • Alexander Career Fair
    • November 24th, 2022
    • Any students interested in career options are welcome to attend this full day, free,  interactive career exploration event at Kipohtakaw Education Centre at Alexander First Nation. Gifts, lunch, snacks and transport will be provided.
    • If you would like to register for the trip, please speak to Mr Valliere or email him at john.valliere@sturgeon.ab.ca to get your name on the trip list ASAP. 
  • RLI Career Fair
    • November 17th, 2022
    • Rupertsland Institute is hosting a free interactive career exploration event for Métis students at the Edmonton Convention Centre on November 17th. Meet exhibitors and try demos from a wide array of industries. Lunch, snacks, registration and transport are all provided. Please speak to Mr Valliere or email him at john.valliere@sturgeon.ab.ca to register with our group on/by November 4th to book your spot on our bus.
  • Looking for “Indigenous Student Leadership” team members
    • Are you a First Nations, Métis or Inuit student at SCHS? Do you want to see your culture and values more represented in the school? Do you have ideas for how to make SCHS a more welcoming, safe, and supportive place for Indigenous students to do well? Do you want to see the school do more for inclusion, cultural learning, reconciliation, and justice? Then we’re looking for YOU!
  • If you’d like to be added to the roster of the “Indigenous Student Leaders’ Circle,” please speak to Mr Valliere or email him at john.valliere@sturgeon.ab.ca to join ahead of our first circle meeting in November!

Resources

  • Scholarships and Bursaries - 
    • There are a lot of supports available for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, but navigating the pages and pages of clunky websites can be overwhelming.

You can book an appointment to meet with Mr. Valliere and explore the options together, or you can explore the options on your own.

Below you will find some Docs with information about Scholarship and Funding opportunities for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. Have a look.

As services and scholarships information changes,  Documents will be updated. So this can be a one-stop-shop for all your "free money" needs!

  • Self-Serve Appointment Form
    • Mr. Valliere is at SCHS 3 days each week, so it’s not always easy to get a hold of him or book time to work together. Be sure to request an appointment using the attached form.
      If you would like help with academic skills, missing work completion, test preparation, course coaching or any other need, please email directly or fill out the appointment request form!