Tribal Chief has ‘Great Concerns’ over what’s Happening in School District
Prince George, B.C. – The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council would like more input into decisions made in School District 57.
Tribal Chief Terry Teegee expressed his “great concern” at tonight’s school board meeting.
“We had a lot of involvement in curriculum until the Aboriginal Education Board was disbanded a couple of years ago,” he said. “Seeing we haven’t been involved the last couple of years we have great concern over what’s happening in School District 57.”
Teegee said a lot of those concerns have already been forwarded to BC’s Education Minister Mike Bernier and some trustees during the last election campaign.
“We would like to know more about the allocation of dollars that is coming into School District 57 and the decisions being made on behalf of our children.”
He estimated over 800 Aboriginal children attend classes in the district describing them as their “most precious resource.”
“I know as part of going through the education system in School District 56, (now School District 91, Nechako Lakes) I think it could be better,” said Teegee.
“It’s a great concern to our chiefs, simply because of the fact we don’t have high schools in our communities. However many of these kids have to come here for their education.”
After his presentation Teegee told 250News he’s hopeful a meeting can be set up with the school board soon to discuss the matter further.