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SenPokChin School

SenPokChin School

1156 SenPokChin Blvd, Oliver BC, V0H 1T8, Canada

+1 250 498 2019


SenPokChin School
School type Coeducational Day
Status Private
Head of School Ms. Valerie Allen
Language of Instruction English, nsyilxcen
Co-ed Age Range 4-12
Number of pupils 96
Authorised IB Programmes IBPYP
PYP Coordinator Ms. Julie Shaw
Associations IB

Empowering indigenous identity to become a community of global thinkers

Set in the beautiful Okanagan Valley of British Columbia Canada, Senpaqcin School is a small independent, First Nations school on-reserve open to all. We provide quality education for children between the ages of 4 and 12 years old. Our School belongs to the Nk’mip people who are one of 7 Bands within the traditional lands of the Okanagan Nation. We are proud to be the first on-reserve authorized Primary Years IB World School in the North Americas. We believe that being part of IBO will help shift the stereotypes that exist within the country regarding First Nations education and that indigenous knowledge can be shared globally.

Our school is built on the foundation of indigenous knowledge (nsyilxcen) and the identity of the sqilxw people (Okanagan First Nations). Our mission is to explore our interconnectedness to the land locally and globally with a focus on stainability of the tmxwulxw (Earth). Our students participate in annual cultural experiences on the land. Through these hands-on learning experiences and the cultural captikwl stories, students compare the traditional beliefs and values of the Okanagan Nation and find similarities to other cultures around the world - past and present.

The Okanagan Valley is known for its agricultural land use. Our school is fortunate to have a 100 square metres of fenced garden space where the students are able to participate in a variety of learning experiences including planting, harvesting, and gathering of eggs for our lunch and breakfast programs. Students are able to have experiences that connect indigenous ways of knowing to current farming practices like planting using the 'Three Sisters' way of companion planting.

Our second language is the nsyilxcen (Okanagan) which is the traditional language of the people. Much of the culture is embedded within the language. Many of the elders believe that if the language dies, a large piece of the culture will die with it. We are at a critical tipping point for ensuring that this language is not lost for future generations.