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L.A. Matheson

Home of the Mustangs!

Aboriginal Education
Aboriginal Education



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We must first acknowledge that we, as settlers and visitors, are on the unceded Coast Salish Territories of the Kwantlen, Katzie, and Semiahmoo Peoples. We endeavor to work together with the nations that have existed since time immemorial on a path of recognition, reconciliation, and resurgence.


The aim of the Aboriginal Education department is to improve the success of aboriginal students by advancing literacy, increasing awareness and understanding of aboriginal history, traditions and culture, enhancing students’ sense of belonging and increasing the graduation rates of aboriginal students.

At Matheson we aim to also include all learners and staff in a strenght based approach to student success, to involve all peoples in reconcilation building, and to explore the world through a more decolonized lens.

The Aboriginal Family at LA Matheson includes:

​Name​Role ​Contact Info


​Gillian Swartz

Our amazing Aborignal Youth Care

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Annie Ohana

​The school's  Aborignal Department Head and Aboriginal Teacher


Annieohana_a@surreyschools.caAboriginal Department Head and Aboriginal Teacher Advocate
Gillianswartz_g@surreyschools.caAboriginal Youth Care Worker
Orange Shirt Day -September 29th 
by Annie Ohana
 9/19/2017 6:05 PM
Oct 12th Hear My Story Language Symposium 
by Annie Ohana
 9/19/2017 6:03 PM
Reconciliation Art Project  
by Annie Ohana
 9/19/2017 6:02 PM
Reconciliation Walk September 24th 
by Annie Ohana
 9/19/2017 6:00 PM
 Aboriginal Learning Surrey Schools Homepage
 School District Resource Center
 Enhancement Agreement
 First Peoples Principles of Learning FNESC
 Aboriginal Education Teaching Resources BCTF
 TRC Final Findings Calls to Action
 Aboriginal Education BCTF FREE Workshops
 Aboriginal Ways of Knowing BCTF
 FRAFCA- Fraser Region Aboriginal Frienship Center Association.
 Cloverdale LIbrary Guide to Researching Geneology
 Metis Nation BC
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