School District No. 85 covers a total of 22,416 square kilometres of the northern end of Vancouver Island and the adjacent mainland in British Columbia. An abundance of wildlife, including Killer Whales, Bald Eagles, Roosevelt Elk, Deer, Black Bear and Pacific Salmon, can be viewed throughout the region. The panoramic beauty and vistas of snow-capped mountains, tree-bordered lakes and coastal waters is a photographers’ haven and a magnet for naturalists. Year round, moderate temperatures are normal for this large area of forests, towns, small villages, fish farms and logging camps. Forestry, commercial/sports fishing and tourism are the key industries on the North Island.
In the midst of this natural beauty and resource-based activity is School District No. 85. Vancouver Island North School District employs approximately 500 employees, 100 (FTE) teachers and administrators, and 130 support staff for approximately 1300 students in 10 schools. School District No. 85 is very proud of its excellent programs, capable students, competent personnel, supportive communities and Indigenous history and culture. School District No. 85 services the communities of Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Fort Rupert, Coal Harbour, Port Alice, Sointula, Alert Bay, Woss Lake, Quatsino and Holberg. Indigenous culture has flourished on Vancouver Island North for thousands of years. The Kwak’wala speaking people exhibit their rich heritage and continue to maintain and develop their culture. Visible aspects of the communities’ cultural fabric include the impressive big houses, totem poles, petroglyphs and cultural events. The district’s resources include a library of Indigenous materials and has published “Village Books” and “My Elders Tell Me” to assist students and school staff with the curriculum.
Our North Island communities support our schools in a variety of ways. The school events, fundraisers, and scholarships for graduating students all point to the phenomenal support our students and schools have from businesses, organizations, service groups, and individuals.
We welcome your involvement in our efforts. Contact your neighbourhood school to find out how you can become involved. Attend our Public Board Meetings, become involved in district organizations that participate in community networks, and share your knowledge and expertise with us.
Learn more at: My Vancouver Island North