Greetings from Lake Trail Indigenous Education. We are excited to be working with your students this year and look forward to meeting you.
As you have declared Indigenous Ancestry for your child(ren) we would like to welcome you, your family, and your child(ren) to Lake Trail’s Indigenous Education Program. The Indigenous Program is open to all students. Ancestry is determined on a voluntary basis through self-identification and includes Status, Non-Status, Metis or Inuit Ancestry. The Indigenous Program provides several supports that follow the four goals of the Indigenous Education Enhancement Agreement and is provided to enhance existing school programs.
Words from Jenna-
“Fàilte!I have been working with School District 71 since 2018. Last year I worked as an Indigenous Support Worker at Highland Secondary in Comox but transferred to Lake Trail because it is my local neighborhood school. Previously, I worked as an EA here at Lake Trail and I am really excited to be back! My family settled in North America in the mid 18th century and originally come from Scotland. I have been working and living beside Indigenous people for as long as I can remember. I have 2 adopted siblings who are Cree, a son who is Salish and 2 grandchildren who are Muskogee (Creek). I am looking forward to working with your children and getting to know your families. Beannachd leat”
Words from David-
“Gilakas’la, nugwa’ am Cux’w’ca’ah, Gayutlin’lax Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw.
My given name is David Dawson, one of my traditional names is Cuw’w’ah’ah, which means “Giving Amongst My People.” I was born and raised in the beautiful territories of the Pentlatch, E’ Ikasan, Sahloot, and Sasitla people, now known as the Komoks First Nation. However, I come from the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw of Kingcome Inlet. I am very grateful to be a part of such a rich culture that displays great respect, love and connectedness through storytelling, songs, and dances. I am part of two different traditional dance groups, one of which I have got to travel with and see the world. I have been on a healing journey for the past six years. Within this healing journey I went to North Island College for the Education Assistant/Community Support Certificate, then earned a Human Services Diploma. In recent years I worked at Comox Valley Recovery Center as a Peer Counsellor, and the past two years in the school district, 2018/19 as a Ninoxola, (Knowledgeable One), under the Elders in Residence Program at Puntledge Elementary, and 2019/20 as an Indigenous Support Worker at Lake Trail Community Middle School and Nala’atsi Alternate school. With that being said, I look forward to another year walking along side, supporting, and guiding our young warriors as best as I can throughout their time here at Lake Trail Community Middle School.”
Over the next few weeks we will be contacting students in person at school to introduce ourselves and answer questions regarding the program. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you feel there is anything we can do to support your child(ren). Jenna is available for contact Monday to Friday during school hours and David is available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. We can be reached by phone at 250-334-3168 ext. 240, or via email at:
Jenna Flint and David Dawson
Indigenous Support Workers
Lake Trail Community Middle School