Aboriginal Education Department (SD 52)

317 9th Avenue

Prince Rupert, BC

Tel: 250-627-1536     

Fax 250-627-1443

Mailing Address:

Wa̱p Sig̱atgyet

PO Box 520 

Prince Rupert BC V8J 3R7

Contact Us

About Us

For many years the Aboriginal Education Department was situated in the basement of one of our elementary schools.  We were one of the corner offices in the District Resource Center. In 2004 the Aboriginal Education Council started discussions with SD Board of Education and the Management team about the importance of having our Aboriginal programs and services housed in a place that would honour and reflect the sense of pride in our quality Aboriginal Education programs, services and resources.  Council also wanted a place to heighten how important Aboriginal Education is in the district, a district with over 60% Aboriginal student population. 


After many meetings a separate building was identified and renovated for the Aboriginal Education Department.  Our Aboriginal Education Council in partnership with our Ts’msyen Language Authority named the building Wa̱p Sig̱atgyet, which means House of Building Strength in Sm’algya̱x. It is a place that is welcoming and has a strong sense of belonging for the community and all partner groups. 


Over the past almost 13 years Wa̱p Sig̱atgyet has welcomed and hosted a wide range of district and community meetings on a daily basis. The Sm’algya̱x Committee, Ts’msyen Sm’algya̱x Language Authority and the Sm’algya̱x teachers meet at Wa̱p Sig̱atgyet on a regular basis. Wa̱p Sig̱atgyet houses a large Aboriginal content library and teacher and student resources for use in the classroom. Since Wa̱p Sig̱atgyet opened, the importance of Aboriginal Education and Aboriginal history, language and culture has very much increased in the community and in the district.

Roberta Edzerza  

District Principal of

Aboriginal Education

email:  roberta.edzerza@sd52.bc.ca

phone: 250.627.1536 ext 1


Lori Burger

Aboriginal Truth and

Reconciliation Commission Administrator 

email:  lori.burger@sd52.bc.ca

phone: 250.627.1536 ext 3

Tannis Calder

Curriculum Specialist Teacher:

Aboriginal Education Grades K-5

Math Support all grades

email:  tannis.calder@sd52.bc.ca

cell: 250.600.2992

Tina Demings 

Curriculum Specialist Teacher:

Aboriginal Ed Programs & Resources

Early Years 

email:  tina.demings@sd52.bc.ca

phone: 250.627.1536 ext 2

Maria Niesh 

Secretary/Resource Librarian

email:  maria.niesh@sd52.bc.ca

phone: 250.627.1536 



Lauren Neiser

Curriculum Specialist Teacher:

Aboriginal Education Grades 6-12

email: lauren.neiser@sd52.bc.ca

cell: 250.552.4938

Lindsay Reeve

Aboriginal Education Sm'algyax Language/

Archiving Specialist Teacher

email: lindsay.reeve@sd52.bc.ca

phone: 250.627.1536

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