Gitwangak Education Society Programs
Exceeding Your Expectations
HEADSTART / DAYCARE
Strong-Start Outreach Program - This program provides scheduled visits for early learning activities in child’s home in preparation for Kindergarten. Activities such as story-time, music, art, are some of the activities while parents are taught how to support learning.
Daycare (Wa’umhl Simgigyet) “Cradle of our Language” – This fully licensed daycare program provides and operates full-day daycare services for both on-reserve and off-reserve members. Educational learning activities include story-time, songs, arts & crafts, drama, nap-time and language and culture activities. As well, the daycare provides a hot breakfast and lunch.
WILP SI'WILAKSINXWHL SIMGIGYET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Our Elementary School offers Kindergarten - Grade 3 Immersion Afternoon classes which include Socials, Science, Physical Education and Total Physical Response (An effective method of teaching languages) taught by the fluent speakers of Simalgyax, with the guidance of the teacher. We work closely with the Simgi'gyets (Chiefs) and First Nation's Education Steering Committee (FNESC). FNESC staff support our teachers and staff through out the year to offer on going training in programs for student success in Reading, Writing and Math.
To view our school's website, click here.
To learn more about our language and culture, click here.
ADULT BASIC EDUCATION
The Gitwangak Adult School program has assisted many community members earn their Adult Dogwood Certificates and has provided tutoring for high school students. This program offers one-on-one teaching, in a relaxed environment. The facilities consist of a large classroom, small study area, and a computer lab.
Employment Readiness Training
Gitxsan Language & Culture
Skills Link Program
Employment Certificates: Food Safe 1, WHMIS, OFA 1, and much more
Tuition is free
Income assistance clients may still be eligible for assistance while enrolled in the ABE program
The GES in partnership with sponsoring organizations (TRICORP, Gitxsan Development Corp, and other) has brought many short-term employment certificate courses to Gitwangak for Community members. Some training courses brought to Gitwangak include:
Heavy Equipment Operator
Aboriginal Early Childhood Education
Class 1 Driver Training
Carpentry Foundations Certificate
Environmental Technician Certificate
Aboriginal Community Economic Development Diploma
and Many More Certificates
STARTING SEPTEMBER 2022: UBC-NITEP see the UBC website to apply to become a FN Teacher.
Contact the Gitwangak Education Society for upcoming Community Training: 250-849-5330
The Gitwangak Education Society sponsors Registered Gitwangak Band Members to further their post-secondary education. For over 20 years, the Gitwangak Education Society has sponsored over 600 students. To be eligible for Post-Secondary Sponsorship you must:
Be a registered Gitwangak Band Member
Possess any pre-requisites for your desired course program
Complete and submit the GES PSSR Application by May 15th of every year
Any PSSR Applications that are incomplete or handed in past the due date will be placed on the Wait List.
DEADLINE FOR POST-SECONDARY APPLICATION PACKAGES IS MAY 15TH OF EVERY YEAR YOU WISH TO BE SPONSORED.