Kamloops School District No. 73 is located within the traditional territory of the Secwepemc people and includes the seven Secwepemc First Nations Bands:
The District provides educational services to a diverse multicultural population of approximately 14,500 students, approximately 15% of which are of Aboriginal ancestry. Although overall student enrollment has declined in the District, the Aboriginal student population continues to increase.
There are currently 47 schools/programs in School District 73: 33 elementary schools, 1 middle school, 10 secondary schools, 2 alternative education programs, and one distance education school. The Aboriginal student population in each of these schools ranges from 0 to 50%.
The District and representatives of participating First Nations Bands work in partnership to ensure that the Local Education Agreement (LEA) is implemented, monitored, revised as necessary, and make recommendations or decisions regarding programs and supports for students living on-reserve.
Enhancement Funds are provided to the District to support all self-identified Aboriginal students of First Nations, Inuit and Métis ancestry in the areas of achievement, language and culture. The First Nationals Education Council and the District work collaboratively to ensure that the expenditure of targeted funds is in line with the criteria set out by the Aboriginal Education Enhancements Branch, Ministry of Education.
Kamloops School District signed its third five year Enhancement Agreement on November 26, 2010. The Agreement articulates the Aboriginal Education goals for the District that have been developed and agreed upon in consultation with all of the Aboriginal Education partners.