Indigenous Support Workers
Jeannie McDonald and Holly Johnstone
Indigenous Curriculum Support Teacher
The Indigenous Education program is offered to all students from Monday to Friday from 8:40 am to 3:40pm. Indigenous ancestry (Status, Non-Status, Metis or Inuit) self-identification can be completed on a voluntarily basis and may extend several generations back in your family history. Self-identification can allow for students to participate in cultural opportunities offered by the Indigenous Education Department. Some of the benefits, supports, and opportunities that are offered to self-identified Indigenous students can include: academic support, cultural group activities, and field trips.
Here at Mark R. Isfeld, our Indigenous Support Workers are Ms. Jeannie McDonald and Ms. Holly Johnstone.
Jeannie McDonald has been at Isfeld since last December. She is originally from Alberta, with a proud Metis heritage. Jeannie is an active member of the MIKI'SIW Metis Association. Her Metis ancestry is mostly from a small community in Saskatchewan called Willow Bunch with a French/Cree background. Jeannie has over 10 years of experience working with Elementary and Secondary students.
Holly Johnstone is our newest Indigenous Support Worker. Holly recently moved to the Island from Kingston, Ontario. She is a member of the Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation. Holly has experience working with children and youth by providing them with mental health, cultural, and academic support. Additionally, Holly has worked within a team environment of mental health professionals, teachers, and parents to enhance their children's success.
Lelaina Jules is our Indigenous support teacher at the district high schools. She is a Hesquiaht, which is one of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations. Additionally, she has been a guest in the unceded K'omoks traditional territories now for a full year. She is excited to be, once again, working with teachers about engaging ways that we can weave Indigenous content into all subject areas.
Our vision and commitment is to provide student support to foster a sense of belonging, cultural identity and self-esteem. We aim to increase academic success through personalized learning in turn assisting in building student skills, qualities, and confidence in leadership. We will work to increase awareness and understanding of First Nations, Metis, Inuit history, traditions and the culture of all students.
We look forward to an exciting and eventful year. If you have, any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.
Jeannie McDonald: Jeannie.McDonald@sd71.bc.ca
Holly Johnstone: Holly.Johnstone@sd71.bc.ca
Phone: (250) 334-2428
Lelaina Jules: Lelaina.Jules@sd71.bc.ca
Indigenous Education Resources
Link to the INED School District page: