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Date of Award

Spring 2023

Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Department or Program Affiliation

Education Administration

Degree Name

Doctorate of Education


Education Leadership and Inclusive Teaching

First Advisor

Bruce, Tim (Professor)

Second Advisor

Larsen, Donald

Third Advisor

Godden, Kevin

Fourth Advisor

Aller, Sharon


Many Indigenous Tribes within Canada, such as the Sto: Lo and Matsqui First Nations in British Columbia, with whom I work alongside in the Abbotsford School District, have struggled since the time of first contact and colonization to preserve and defend their culture and values. It is through truth, reconciliation, and the hope of working together that we may find common ground moving forward within our society. This research study considered Indigenous peoples’ narratives through interview questions and stories. The research question was what are factors that motivate student success in K-12 public schools in British Columbia, Canada? A small sample of K-12 graduates and faculty participants from within the Abbotsford School District who identified as Indigenous volunteered for the study. The intent was that their responses, their narratives, and their stories could further support motivation and success of more Indigenous students in K-12 public schools throughout British Columbia, Canada.




Indigenous, British Columbia, Abbotsford School District, Motivation, Colonization


Western Washington University

OCLC Number


Subject – LCSH

Indigenous children--Education--British Columbia; Motivation in education--British Columbia; Indian students--British Columbia

Geographic Coverage

British Columbia




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