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District Principal Message
District Principal Message

Message From Gloria Raphael, District Principal, Education Services (Aboriginal Education Focus)

My name is Gloria Raphael.  My family is from the Nlaka’pamux Nation and I am a visitor on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish Peoples’. 

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the shared traditional territory of the Coast Salish people on which the Surrey School District is located.  We thank the Katzie, Semiahmoo and the Kwantlen First Nations.  I would also like to acknowledge the diverse population of people who have come to Surrey School District and contribute to its dynamic culture.


As an educator and a school leader I have been involved with innovative, learning-focused, community-minded practices that endeavored to provide the best possible learning environment for all learners.  I will continue to work with Surrey District employees in the shared responsibility for the success of Aboriginal learners. The District will continue to align services and supports towards a wrap-around approach for Aboriginal learners at their schools.  As well, work to create learning environments where Aboriginal children are grounded in a sense of care and belonging and experiences that lead to improved success. 


Aboriginal Education Staff actively supports student success using the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement goals as the guiding principles. 

Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement Performance Goals:


  1. To advance the literacy achievement of Aboriginal learners from Kindergarten to Grade twelve
  2. To increase awareness and understanding of Aboriginal history, traditions and culture for all students
  3. To enhance Aboriginal students’ sense of belonging so they can be successful
  4. To increase the transition rates and graduation rates for Aboriginal students


The Enhancement Agreement is due for renewal in the year 2014 and the Department will collaborate with all stakeholders in this process through focus groups, electronic surveys and data gathering with Aboriginal Education Staff.  We encourage your participation in this important work.

I look forward to meeting with principals and school staff who work with Aboriginal learners to learn more about what’s working, what requires change, and how we are best able to support schools with this important work.   As advocates for Aboriginal youth and their families, it is our goal to increase the use of Aboriginal content in our schools, to continue to strengthen the communication with Aboriginal communities, facilitate a deeper understanding, knowledge and appreciation of Aboriginal culture, history and language and increase transitions rates between home to Kindergarten, grade to grade, and secondary to post-secondary.  We are together in the ongoing quest to improve Aboriginal learner success.

Thank you for your support,

Gloria Raphael​​

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Time: 7/11/2020 12:34:11 AM
Host: AS79
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