I for one believe that the Aboriginal Choice School is a wonderful idea, and is long overdue. When you compare the graduation rates of the non-aboriginal students to our aboriginal students, it makes one very sad and also I wonder what has taken our school board so long in implementing this plan to help our children?
Many of our aboriginal sons and daughters are dropping out of school in Grades 8 and 9. What will become of them? Any plan that will make our children feel good about themselves and want to stay in school is a good one.
I believe that our school district has known about the plan to have an Aboriginal Choice School for more than two years. It might be as many as five. My question then it why is it going to now take another year to put this together? Why all the red tape? Our children are leaving school and many of them are getting involved in drugs and alcohol. We need to stop this now.
I have heard many comments comparing this school to the residential school that I attended. The big difference is the word choice.’ People have a choice whether they send their children to this school. The people who attended residential school did not.
I attended one of the meetings concerning the new school. It made my heart happy to hear the prayer to our Creator before we began. I also have another question for the people who make the rules for our school district: Why is it deemed fine to include a prayers before meetings where the talk is something to do with our aboriginal people or students and but not allowed for teachers or parent meetings to also say a prayer before their assemblies? What is the difference?
I wanted to give my opinion on this new school and I also would like someone from the school board to answer my questions.