School district 48 is in an agreement with every local First Nation — the N'Quatqua, Lil'wat and Squamish Nation — to provide transportation for students and some staff to school and back, Susan Leslie told the school board on May 8.
Leslie, the district principal of Aboriginal education, said the money from the Ministry of Education will be doled out to school districts based on representatives from the tripartite sitting in a committee and approving the funds.
"We really looked at all the costs of bussing every student from their home on reserve to their school and back every day," Leslie said. One of the agreements includes part of the Fraser-Cascade school district, because of the difficult rural terrain.
Local education agreements (known as LEAs) will be with the N'Quatqua, Lil'wat
Nations. Squamish Nation will continue with its current protocol agreement. Leslie said all of the Nations she's spoken with have told her they're not ready to meet the LEA June 30 deadline, but she added the funding will continue as it is for next year. She said she hopes the LEAs will be in place for the following year.