Roles, Responsibilities and Terms of Reference

School District No. 59 (Peace River South)
Indigenous Education Council

Every Member of the Council

Promotes harmony and interconnectedness between schools, Indigenous Education Advisory Council and community.

Focuses on actions that are in the best interests of the Indigenous school population.

Reports to Indigenous Education Advisory Council at each meeting.

Promotes awareness and understanding of the Indigenous Education Advisory Council and Indigenous Education Enhancement Agreement to the community.

Seeks win/win solutions and the elimination of prejudice and discrimination.

Establishes sub committees, as required.

Honours the “No Blame” philosophy established by the Indigenous Education Advisory Council.

Personal issues are to be dealt with at the school or District levels only – no exceptions.


School/Parent Representative


Advises the school concerning priorities and needs for improving services to Indigenous students.

Monitors and provides feedback to principals regarding Aboriginal data and the budget

Promotes positive parental involvement with the school.

Is part of planning for the delivery of services and activities, including programming to Indigenous students, when appropriate.

Reports on issues (supported by data) around Indigenous students at the school level (social, attendance, academic).

Is recommended to attend school PAC meetings


Agency Representative

Represents their agency and membership.

Provides the Indigenous Education Advisory Council with the agency’s purpose and descriptions of programs, services and means of access and reports success of programs.

Works with the Indigneous Education Advisory Council/School District towards cohesive services for children.

Serves as a lobbyist for funding regarding social issues that hinder academic success.

Maintains accountability, openness and the building of relationships.


Elder Representative

Provides guidance, encouragement and wisdom in the knowledge and understanding of the diverse local Indigenous people to the Council.

Community Representative

Reviews delivery of existing programs in the community.

Terms of Reference
Indigenous Advisory Council

The Indigenous Advisory Council represents the interests of Indigenous persons in School District No. 59 (Peace River South) in increasing the academic achievement of Indigenous learners.


Advise the School District concerning priorities and needs for improving services to Indigenous students to ensure there is no difference in academic achievement and attendance rates between Indigenous students and the rest of the student population.

Make recommendations to the School District relating to budget allocations to schools.

Review the services provided to support Indigenous learners.

Serve as a lobby group for funding.

Promote awareness and understanding of the funding allocations and budgeting provisions as they relate to Indigenous students.

Promote parental involvement in support of Indigenous learners.

Engage in the planning of the delivery of services where appropriate.

Receive input from individuals/groups concerning needs or issues to be resolved.

•    One representative from each of the schools where there are Indigenous students.
•    One representative from each of the following (each representative listed has one vote):

  •  Nawican Friendship Centre
  • Saulteau First Nations
  • West Moberly First Nations
  • Tansi Friendship Center
  • Moccasin Flats Metis Society

.All elders, parents, guardians and community members will be welcome to attend and to discuss the goals and the programs of the Indigenous Education Council.  They should connect ahead of the meeting to ensure they are on the agenda.  

Youth representatives will be welcome.

Mentors to the Indigenous Education Council will be the Indigenous Coach Mentor and a representative of the Superintendent of Schools.

 A member of the Peace River South Teacher’s Association

A Trustee

Proposal Review

All proposals must meet the guidelines of the Ministry of Education, and be in harmony with all pertinent aw, human rights legislation and collective agreements.

Schools and the School District will report to the Council in November of each school year concerning the programs in place, the general allocation of funds and the intended outcomes for Indigenous students.

Individual schools, the School District and any other organizations representing the interests of

Indigneous persons are to make detailed proposals to the Council for review no later than February of each school year. All proposals that receive consensual support of Council will be forwarded to the School District for consideration. Proposals will be prioritized by the Council.

The Council will receive a report from the School District concerning the implementation of all proposals no later than May.

Meeting Procedures

Every second October, the Council will elect a Chairperson. 

A representative of the Superintendent of Schools and the Chairperson will be responsible for the development of an agenda and the calling for proposals.

A Secretary, employed by the School District and charged to the Indigenous Education Budget, will record the proceedings of all meetings and circulate minutes and attachments. 

There must be a quorum for each meeting to proceed. A quorum will be 50% plus one member. 

Members of the media and general public will be invited to attend but will have no voting privileges.

Each member will try to make all of the meetings.  If a member misses three meetings in a row, it will be assumed they are no longer part of the council.  

Guiding Principles
•    Promote harmony and interconnectedness of our community.
•    Focus on actions that are in the best interest of children.
•    Expect trustworthy behaviour.
•    Maintain accountability, openness and the building of relationships.
•    Seek win/win solutions and the elimination of prejudice and racism.

•    Amended September 29, 2020.

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