The Aboriginal Program here at Highland Secondary is available Monday to Friday during regular school hours and is open to all students of Aboriginal ancestry (First Nations, Metis, or Inuit) and this ancestry can be determined on a voluntary basis through self-identification and includes Status, Non-Status, Metis or Inuit Ancestry and may extend several generations back in your family history.
Mr. Gordon McMahon is our Aboriginal Resource Teacher and he hails from the Tlingit-Haida People. Mr. McMahon is with us several days a week to support the First Nations Studies 12 and English First Peoples 12 curriculum. Mr. McMahon brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the education field. He has been with us since 2005.
The Aboriginal Support Worker at Highland is Josephine Andrew who hails from the Nuu-chah-nulth People and she brings with her a wide range of experience in this field. Mrs. Andrew has been a part of Aboriginal Education since 1987 and joined the Highland team in 1998. Mrs. Andrew is at Highland Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.
The Aboriginal Program provides academic, cultural, leadership and personal support to students as well as arranging cultural presentations, post secondary sessions/ field trips and lunch time groups. This service is provided to enhance Highland’s school programs and if there is anything we can do to support your child please feel free to contact us and have a great school year.
Aboriginal School Contacts:
Aboriginal Education 250-339-5525 email
Highland Aboriginal Student Council (HASC)
Highland Aboriginal Student Council has been active since 2009 and is a very pro-active group that is elected annually by their peers at Highland.
The council has been engaged in fundraising and helping to bring awareness to aboriginal issues that our students face. The students meet every Thursday in room 202 ….please feel free to join us.