The creation of School District 92 on January 1, 1976, was a historic event for native education in Canada. It occurred as a result of one hundred years of effort by the Nisgha people to gain control over their educational destiny. Very early after their contact with the European culture the Nisghas realized that it was essential to understand the white man’s ways in order to deal with him successfully. Therefore, in conjunction with their Land Claim Settlement, the Nisghas pressed for their own school system – to allow their children to be educated in a bilingual‐bicultural environment.
As a result of their efforts, a new school district was created by the province of B.C. for the Nisgha People. Initially, the Board consisted of Mr. Alvin A. McKay. Through his efforts, in consultation with leaders from Kincolith, Greenville, Canyon City, Aiyansh and Nass Camp, schools were built in three villages and five group homes (student residences) were built in Aiyansh in 1976. During 1977 School Trustees were elected from the five villages.
On January 19, the 2016 Nisga’a School District Board of Education passed a motion to honour and thank the visionary Nisga’a leaders who accomplished this unique and historically important development by kicking off a year long 40 Anniversary Celebration. Elders, students, schools, guests and all our communities will be invited to join district employees in celebration events throughout the year, culminating in a major Celebration next fall.
In acknowledging this historic milestone the Board of Education also committed to return to a focus on the Foundation Educational Philosophy of the Elders of the Nisga’a Nation, which stated:
Ts’im gan wilaak’ils wil luu sgihl gandidils
“ Within one’s search for knowledge (education),
therein one will find the true meaning of life”
Media Contact: Mr. Peter Leeson, Board Chair. firstname.lastname@example.org
Credits: Original 1976 Nisgha School District Pamphlet