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The Building Student Success with Indigenous Parents (BSSIP) was launched in September 2004.

The goal of BSSIP is to increase the involvement of Indigenous 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 Indigenous students.

As a community, we believe that by working together we have the ability to bring about positive change for the entire community.  This change can be achieved by recognizing the gifts within the community and working together.   We can identify individuals in our community that have a strong connection to their Indigenous roots, and possess skills and talents that can be utilised to increase child, parent and community involvement in the school. 

The Community Schools Partnership Initiative (CSPI) was launched in January 2005 under the jurisdiction of Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth (MECY).

Community schools can act as a hub for a broad range of services, supports and opportunities that strengthen and support schools, families and communities.

In establishing Community Schools, MECY wants to increase student success in communities of particular need in our province. The main goal of Community Schools is to help communities achieve a new level of success, by encouraging the involvement of parents, community leaders, and community agencies as “partners” — providing a range of services and supports that any given community needs.

In doing this, Community Schools offer a new centre of activity in a neighbourhood. The community schools provide gathering places where adults and children can get together for educational, social, recreational and cultural activities.

When communities are strong, with parents and teachers involved in learning, the Community School will help:

  • children start their school day alert and healthy with their basic needs met.
  • school staff draws on the community’s resources to help students succeed academically and socially.
  • health, recreational, cultural, and social services that students need are available in the school.
  • parents and community partners provide direction to the school and support its activities.
  • the school is a resource for the whole community.

Picture this: Schools where parents and family members share their knowledge and skills in the classrooms, with services to help students and families available at the school – like before and after school programs for kids, along with healthy living and family education programs for parents. This is what Community Schools are … and can be!

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