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Indigenous Peoples Services

Atamiskâtowin.  My name is Sara Cranston and I am very excited to be joining the Strathcona team this year as the Indigenous liaison. This will be my 7th year of teaching mathematics, but my first year of taking on a liaison role.  My family is originally from Fort. St John B.C. but I have grown up here in Edmonton. I am Metis on my mother's side, but like so many, my family lost our cultural connections. In the last few years we have begun to seek out those connections again. Back in BC my grandmother and aunt have been working with the Doig River First Nations, and here in Edmonton I have been trying to continue to educate myself on history, culture, and ways to facilitate Truth and Reconciliation.  I hope to be able to continue to grow my knowledge both with and from my students. Indigenous culture is Canadian culture, and I am looking forward to finding more ways to incorporate it into our daily lives here at Strathcona High School. I greatly look forward to meeting everyone in the fall! êkosi mâka


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 



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.