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Division Re-entry Strategy

Read our COVID-19 Division Re-entry Strategy for information about how we’re welcoming students and staff back into schools this September.We’re preparing to welcome students and staff back into schools this September.


First Nations, Métis and Inuit Services

Tansi, Oki Napi, Abawashded!

Strathcona is proud to offer services for our First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students. Our goal is to support students in order to enhance their journey here at Scona by providing culturally relevant assistance and fostering relationships within our First Nations, Métis, and Inuit community. We hope to create a welcoming and holistic environment where students are able to excel and find balance in all aspects of their lives.


We offer Aboriginal Studies 30 in the schedule:

Aboriginal Studies 30 is a provincial course for all Alberta students. Students will gain a greater understanding of the current issues facing Aboriginal peoples in Canada and worldwide. Aboriginal Studies 30 enables students to demonstrate an understanding of the issues of Aboriginal rights and self-government, Aboriginal land claims, Aboriginal peoples in Canadian society and Aboriginal world issues.

The course allows students to learn about Aboriginal issues and history from an Indigenous perspectives.  Students will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of cultural experiences. Students will be faced with both the academic rigor of a 30 level course including unit exams, essays and a final. They will also be engaging in experiential learning including circles, discussions,cultural events, elders and guest speakers applying Indigenous knowledge 


Meet Mariah Schroder- Scona's Cultural Support Teacher



My name is Mariah Schroder.  I recognize my role as a treaty person living on Treaty 6 land, which has led to my passion for advocating for reconciliation within school spaces. I lived in Mill Woods which was Papaschase land, and love learning local histories .

I have a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta, and am also proud Strathcona alum. Being back at my old high school, teaching and supporting students success, has been an exciting opportunity for me. I take a student centered and social justice lens to my work and that is demonstrated in my teaching style and how Founding Cultures Club is run.

Founding cultures is a club that focuses on engaging our students in Indigenous worldviews and culture, while supporting their success and involvement at school and in the community.

I am available to answer and discuss supports and pathways for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students.


Mariah Schroder

First Nation, Métis and Inuit Cultural Support Coach,and Teacher Librarian

Cree Word 2 (Amiskwacîwâskahikan), Treaty 6/Métis Territory

Pronouns: she/her

We acknowledge that we are on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional meeting grounds, gathering place, and travelling route to the Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, Dene and Nakota Sioux.  We acknowledge all the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries.


PHONE: 780-439-3957 EXT 328 



Scholarship Opportunities

There are endless amounts of scholarships and bursaries available for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Students. Ask the school’s First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Liaison for the big blue binder of scholarship information!

Aboriginal Admissions

There are some Post-Secondary institutions that have unique admission requirements for Indigenous Students. Visit the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Liaison to help you discover how admission policies differ between schools and which school may be right for you.


Strathcona’s First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Liaison is able to connect students with members of the community that will support students in their personal growth. Some of the benefits of these connections include: employment, volunteer opportunities, academic support, cultural growth, health and wellness.