Building Student Success with Aboriginal Parents

Building Student Success with Aboriginal Parents (BSSAP)

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Creating Racism-Free Schools through Critical/Courageous Conversations on Race
This support document is aimed at promoting school divisions, schools, teachers, parents, and students to undertake critical and courageous conversations on racism to create inclusive and equitable classrooms and schools for First Nation M├ętis Inuit students and all students.

Critical/Courageous Conversations on Race: What your child is learning at school and how you can help
This support document provides a vision of how parents and grandparents can help prepare their children to meet the challenges of an increasingly diverse society while creating local and international communities characterized by diversity, justice and equality.

The Building Student Success with Aboriginal Parents (BSSAP) was launched in September 2004.

The goal of BSSAP is to increase the involvement of Aboriginal parents in education. The funding has assisted schools in developing partnerships and programs with parents and the community which will contribute to the educational success of Aboriginal students.

To be eligible for funding under the initiative, engagement strategy proposals from schools divisions needed to address the following requirements:

  • Identify improving academic achievement of Aboriginal students as a priority in school and divisional plans,
  • Involve Aboriginal parents and organizations,
  • Reflect coherence with the Aboriginal Academic Achievement grant, and
  • Support overall school planning and programming.

School division proposals could include single and multiple school sites or partnerships between neighboring school divisions. 

Schools have taken the lead in forming and maintaining effective family-school partnerships that positively influence all students’ learning. The strong relationships have changed the future – not just for students and their families, but also for schools – in the form of these educational partners jointly implementing approaches intended to enhance student motivation, engagement with school, academic progress, school attendance levels, sense of wellbeing, and lower dropout rates. Families and schools are working together as real partners. The scope of these partnerships is wide and includes support by school leaders for family involvement in school activities, a strong commitment by all partners to student learning success, a welcoming school atmosphere and two-way communication. The partnerships that this fund supports will become models of the way we would like school communities to function.

Building Student Success with Aboriginal Parents (BSSAP) directly supports the education priority in Manitoba’s Aboriginal Education and Employment Action Plan through Goal 1: “Student Engagement and  High School Completion”.