First Urban Indigenous Independent School BC

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Nisaika Kum'tuks (NK) and Tsawalk are learning centres that over the past seven years have worked with children and youth, 75% of whom are Indigenous, in the city of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Students are being "transitioned" under the direction of the Ministry of Education into the local school district. The Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre (NAC) and Mid Island Metis Nation (MIMN) having been the Indigenous partners in the Centres are committed to the further support of our children and youth with innovative community based education programs.  These programs provide a safe and culturally responsive space for the children and youth of our community.  Having seen the success for a portion of students that struggle within the public school system. NAC and MIMN will be applying to become the First Urban Indigenous Independent School in the Province of British Columbia, Canada. Please consider donating. Every dollar matters. 

What the money will go toward:

Scholarships $10,000 per student x 50 students = $500,000

Securing a new location that will allow the programs to work as one K-12 school
First year rental $175,000
Purchase $4,000,000.

Food security for families of children and youth in programs - $50,000

Land and Sea program which includes structured healing activities and traditional teachings $140,0000 

Technology and literary resources $100,000

Connect with Elders as well as cultural and language support workers $75,000

Transportation - $30,000

Support the application process for Independent school - $30,000

Legal support to fight for funding of programs Provincially and Federally to bring United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People to life - $50,000
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