We recognize education plays a significant role in our members’ health and wellness and can provide options to enhance members and families’ lives. So our overarching aim is for all Tsleil-Waututh Nation members to be able to set and achieve their educational goals; that’s why we promote lifelong learning.

TWN’s Education Vision

“Tsleil-Waututh Nation peoples are committed through education to maintain and enhance our cultural and traditional values. We seek to attain a balance in the intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of each individual. We are bound together in a common goal to achieve self-esteem for each individual and self-determination for the community.”

The TWN School

Our certified school is open to members and non-members to register. We focus on educating students at an early age about opportunities within TWN—such as nursing, community planning, accounting and more—and instill the importance of all learning—academic, trades and traditions—early in life.

We integrate cultural teachings into TWN’s modern education system. We promote opportunities for parents to participate in school and extracurricular activities.

We hold an annual graduation event to honour our graduates. And we help our students with planning for the transition to and applying for post-secondary education.

We also provide transitional support for children moving from preschool to kindergarten and from elementary to high school, so students can succeed at the next level of education. We offer tutoring and after-school programs in elementary and high school. And our therapist works with students with special needs; we provide case management for each student, which has a huge impact on their educational success.

We also run an Adult Aboriginal Education Program—in partnership with the Native Education College—for community members to complete their Grade 12 Dogwood Diploma.