The Indigenous Program here at Highland Secondary is available Monday to Friday during regular school hours and is open to all students of indigenous ancestry 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.
Lelaina Jules is our Indigenous Curriculum Support Teacher. She is Hesquiaht which is a part of the Nuu-chah-nulth People. She is available several days a week throughout the high schools and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in the education field. Mrs. Jules is very excited to be in our district and is thankful to be living and learning in the K’omoks tradition territory. She looks forward to supporting teachers.
The Indigenous Home Support Worker at Highland is Josephine Andrew who hails from the Ahousaht people who are part of Nuu-chah-nulth Nation on the west coast of Vancouver Island and she brings with her a wide range of experience in the indigenous field. Mrs. Andrew joined Indigenous Education in 1987 after working with School District 70 for several years. She joined the Highland team in 1998. Mrs. Andrew is at Highland Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.
The Indigenous Support Worker at Highland is Shelly Branch. Shelly has lived in the Comox Valley for 37 years and has a son that graduated from Highland in 2001.Shelly has had a passion and deep felt connection with our Indigenous peoples since she was a small child and is honored to have the opportunity to be involved in the Indigenous Education Enhancement Program. She is thrilled to be supporting the Indigenous students here at Highland.
The Indigenous Program provides but is not limited to academic, cultural, student leadership and support to students as well as educators by 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.
Indigenous School Contacts:
Indigenous Education 250-339-5525 email
Indigenous Education 250-339-5525
District Cultural Resource Teacher
Highland Indigenous Student Council (HISC)
Highland Indigenous 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 which is comprised of students from grade 8-12 have been engaged in fundraising and helping to bring awareness to indigenous issues that our students face. Some of the activities have included cultural awareness days, leadership at school wide assemblies, supporting elders in the community, supporting the Fort MacMurray crisis, supporting the Red Dress and Moose Hide Campaign, cultural camps, supporting the Attawapiskat crisis, promoting orange shirt day awareness, promoting cultural pride and creating an inclusive setting for all students. The students meet every Thursday in room 202 at lunch.