Education & Training

The Shuswap Band’s Local Education Agreement (LEA) with School District 6 is in process of being negotiated.  When complete, it will represent the first LEA agreement between the two parties in almost thirty years.  The agreement outlines promises and commitments between the two governments regarding how Shuswap Children and Youth will be educated and how Shuswap Culture will be reflected in the school district.  

Once complete, a link to the agreement will be found here.

K-12 (Kindergarten to Grade 12) Services

Although the Shuswap Reserve borders the town of Invermere, the children and youth of Shuswap Band members are able to attend the school of their choosing in the Windermere Zone of School District 6:

Grades K-3          Eileen Madson Primary School, Invermere
Grades 4-7          JA Laird Elementary School, Invermere
Grades K-7         Martin Morigeau Elementary School, Canal Flats
Grades K-7         Edgewater Elementary School, Edgewater
Grades 8-12        David Thompson Secondary School, Invermere
Grades 10-12      Open Doors – Secondary Alternate School, Invermere

Click here to visit the Rocky Mountain School District #6 website

Please come see the Education Coordinator if you are interested in:

  • Updates and support for Parent/Guardians of school-aged children;
  • Secondary & Post-Secondary Education Bursaries, Scholarships & Opportunities
  • Adult Upgrading/Trades/Employment & Opportunities

Education & Training Opportunities:

  • BC First Nations Forest Council/Forestry Workforce Initiative
  • Bladerunners Passport to Employment
  • COTR – Adult Basic Education (Old GED Program)
  • Driver’s Education and Testing Fees

The Band receives funds from Indigenous Service Canada for schooling based on the nominal role (number of full-time students).

We can support some additional activities for students, but please be aware that funds are limited.

Post-Secondary Assistance

Shuswap Band has funds (limited) available to members who attend training schools and post-secondary educational institutions.

Shuswap Band Education Policy 2022 (To be posted once approved by council)

Please contact the Education Department to receive the Post Secondary Policy currently in use (2017). The policy includes all application forms required for post-secondary applicants.

NOTE TO NEW STUDENTS: Please submit a written application for funding by June 1st to increase your chances of receiving funding, and so we may determine the demand for funding.

NOTE TO RETURNING STUDENTS: All post-secondary funding is awarded for a single academic year.  Students must re-submit complete funding applications every year by June 1st.  Please contact the Education Coordinator as soon as possible after receiving confirmation of your acceptance for the coming year and complete your funding application.

ALSO –please keep your contact information (address and phone number) current at all times.

Shuswap Indian Band Contact:  

Chenoa Paccagnan Education and Employment Coordinator
RR #2-3A-492 Arrow Rd.
Invermere B.C.      V0A 1K2
Tel: (250) 341-3678 Ext 203
Fax: (250) 341-3683