Land-Based Cultural Leadership

Land-Based Cultural Leadership Program

What is The Land-Based Cultural Leadership Program?

The Land-Based Cultural Leadership Program is a full school year program for grade eight students who enjoy being in the outdoors and want to improve their leadership and teamwork skills while working on the grade eight curriculum in a practical format. Students will not switch from subject to subject, class to class, but rather will take all classes with the same teachers in an integrated, project-based format. Through experiential education, students in the program will plan for their future by developing leadership and teamwork skills in a culturally responsive way, thereby enriching their lives and our community. The program has been created under the guidance of knowledge keepers and Elders and will seek to infuse Indigenous culture into the curriculum. 

Who is it for?

The program is for grade eight students who want to spend their entire year learning the curriculum through hands-on, in and out-of-school experiences. It is for students who are interested in learning through integrated projects, in a holistic approach to learning that honours Indigenous ways of knowing. It is for young people who have shown the potential for leadership and would like to further develop it. Our program is geared towards those students who have this potential but might not have been able to realize it yet. 

How do I apply?

  1. Interested students and parents/guardians should join an information meeting on Thursday, April 15th at 6:30 pm. The parent meeting will be held on Zoom. The link to the meeting will be sent out to all grade 7 parent/guardian emails. 
  2. Applications are available through the school. Applications will be due Friday, April 23, 2021.
  3. Click here to download the 2021-22 Application Package and to learn more about the program.
  4. Of the students that apply, a group will be chosen to participate in an application day at Bud Miller All Seasons Park on Thursday, May 13, 2021. More details about the Application Day will be provided to those students who are chosen to attend.
  5. Applicants will be notified by May 24th whether or not they have been accepted to the program.

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LBCL Overview Presentation

Parent Night Presentation from last year's applications. It covers the program, however the dates are not accurate for application timeline. Please refer to the Application Package for 2021-22