Homalco Education

Children and youth are the future of our Nation.

The Homalco Education Program

The Homalco Education Program helps our children and youth succeed in school and in life. We open the doors to education and training both at home and away. We provide education and training options that are rooted in the teachings of our culture.

Our Ta-Ow (teachings) and the Ay-a-juthem language are important parts of all our programs.

Strong Start Program

Strong start is a free drop-in program open to all children from birth to kindergarten and their parents/caregivers. It allows parents and children to participate in a variety of early learning activities to help children learn and grow. The program is hosted every Tuesday and Thursday starting April 8th, 2021 from 12:30pm – 1:30pm at the Homalco Portable located at 1381 Bute Crescent, Campbell River, BC. Currently, there are COVID protocols in place until further notice. To register, please contact Julie Toews at 250-923-0735 or julie.toews@sd72.bca.ca and bring ID for the child on the first day.

Please note: parents/caregivers must stay with the child during the program time.

K-12 Education

Teaching children our culture starts early. Homalco works together with School District 72 to support students, parents and guardians in our community. We hope to improve every student’s chance for success. We do this through tutoring, mentorship, employment training support, and volunteer opportunities.

Our work with the school district is guided by a Local Education Agreement. The district-wide Indigenous Advisory Council also nurtures this work.

Homalco Nation has an Aboriginal Support worker. They help students access professional services. They also:

  • Track attendance and review report cards to ensure student success
  • Act as a connection between school and home
  • Help arrange cultural activities and field trips
  • Support nutrition program

Post-Secondary Education

If a member wants to continue their education after high school, they can apply for funding. The Post-Secondary Education Program funding is for any Homalco member, at home or away. The funding can help pay for tuition, books, travel support and living expenses. To be eligible for funding, students must be:

  • Accepted into a recognized post-secondary program, and
  • A registered Homalco member

The Post-Secondary Education Coordinator is Alison Trenholm. Alison looks forward to helping all members pursuing post-secondary education.

You can reach Allison at the Homalco Administration offices at 250-923-4979, or toll-free at 1-800-288-0806.

For applications, please fill out: Post-Secondary Application

FAQ's

When is the post secondary deadline?

Applications for post secondary school are accepted on a rolling basis. Please allow 4-6 weeks for your application to be processed.

I live outside of the community, is support available for school supplies?

Homalco supports its K-12 members who live both inside and outside of the community with school supplies each fall. For more information, please contact Alison Trenholm at 250-923-0612 or email alison.trenholm@homalco.com.

Key Contacts

Alison Trenholm

Lands and Governance Director

250-923-4979 ext. 0612

Veronica Billows

K-12 Education

250-923-9500 ext. 2517

Rebecca Blaney

K-12 Education

(250) 923-3976 ext 5008