The success of a recent initiative that brought together 100 Indigenous secondary students from across the Abbotsford School District with the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is being celebrated. 

On November 15, 2023, students from grades 10-12 had the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a full-day experience at UFV, exploring various academic programs and learning about the specific supports available for Indigenous students at the university.

This enriching event was expertly organized and facilitated by Cyndi Orth, Indigenous Support Worker at Yale Secondary, in collaboration with Ian Affleck, Associate Dean, Faculty of Science at UFV. Their joint efforts provided a platform for the students to engage directly with university life, discover the wide range of educational opportunities, and understand the resources tailored to support Indigenous students’ success.

“When students have the opportunity to experience a visit to a post-secondary institution, they can see themselves in this potential future,” said Darlene MacDonald, District Principal for Indigenous Education. “Such experiences are crucial in exposing our young learners to university life, giving them the confidence to aspire for higher education.”

This initiative aligns perfectly with the Abbotsford School District’s enhancement agreement goals. It supports Goal #1, Student Success, and Goal #3, Equity and Access. By providing these learning opportunities, the district continues to support students in developing their full potential and paving the way for a more inclusive environment where every student is encouraged to explore and achieve their full potential.

The Abbotsford School District extends its gratitude to UFV and all those involved in making this collaborative event a success. Indigenous students looking to learn more about post-secondary options available to them, such as College & Universities, Trades Programs and Employment Opportunities, can visit the Indigenous Education Department’s Post-Secondary Portal.

Photos courtesy of UFV Communications.

This story has been reproduced with permission from the Abbotsford School District. The district’s posting and additional photos can be found here.