CMSD82 News Release – Indigenous Languages Coordinator Services Extension  (PDF Format)


The Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District is pleased to announce the contract services extension for the 2020-2021 school year of Colleen Austin, ‘Wii Goot, as Indigenous Languages Revitalization Coordinator for the school district reporting to the Superintendent of Schools.

Indigenous languages are an integral part of the identity of Canada’s Indigenous people.  The Board of Education is pleased to support the engagement of Colleen’s services towards the preservation, promotion and revitalization of the First Nations languages within the school district.

The Board of Education’s objective in engaging Colleen’s services is to build, develop and implement a Five Year Plan for Languages Revitalization for the five local Indigenous languages within the traditional boundaries of the school district.  Colleen’s passion for Indigenous languages revitalization is contagious.  Coast Mountains School District is extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to engage with ‘Wii Goot in the communities we serve.

Colleen is highly respected as a knowledgeable and effective Indigenous educator and leader with experience in language revitalization.  She has always demonstrated passion in her profession, an understanding and respect for local diverse cultures and the importance of community involvement in making a difference in the lives of young people.

Please join the Board of Education in welcoming Colleen back to the school district as she continues to fulfill her role as the Indigenous Languages Revitalization Coordinator.


Janet Meyer
Superintendent of Schools



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