Focus: Mental Health and Wellness and Indigenous Education
Date: February 17th, 2023
Time: 8:15am – 1:15pm
Venue: Virtual

On Friday 17th February 2023, the Independent Schools Association of BC is organizing an online conference, ‘Healing the land, healing the mind’, focusing on Indigenous education and elevating the conversation around mental health and wellness.  Parents and external schools are invited to join the conference to share in the learning.

The ISABC Pro-D Day is an opportunity for ISABC teachers and colleagues to get together to either share their learning or experience professional learning through workshop sessions. This is a chance for you to meet other ISABC independent school members and develop a vast network outside your school with like-minded colleagues from all over the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.

The ISABC is grateful to work and serve on the unceded Coast Salish territory of the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.  We express gratitude to these nations where we work for their stewardship of the land.  Our commitment as a guest on this land is to build strong relationships and gain the knowledge needed to support the growth and the preservation of Indigenous people’s values and to use our knowledge to share and educate the ISABC community.



Presenter Guide: Review before registering
How to Register: Complete the registration form
Registration Deadline: October 27th, 2022

On Friday 17th February 2023, the Independent Schools Association of BC is organizing an online conference, ‘Healing the land, healing the mind,’ focusing on raising awareness, providing information and support, and elevating the conversation around mental health and wellness and Indigenous education.  Importantly, the day will provide practical support and information for parents and teachers in their engagement with young people – as well as support for adults in their own mental health/wellbeing and Indigenous education journeys. 

If interested in presenting at the conference please read the Presenters’ Guide and complete the Presenter Registration Form by October 27th, 2023.

We look forward to receiving your registration!

Sponsorship – if you interested in supporting

On February 17th, 2023 the Independent Schools Association will hold the annual ISABC Professional Development Day for educators and parents.   Similar to last year’s conference, the Pro-D Day will be virtual and will expect approximately 1500 attendees.  The focus of the conference is on mental health and wellbeing and Indigenous education.

If your company aligns with our program objectives and you are interested in supporting the conference in the form of wellness gifts/prizes or other sponsorship please contact Bonnie Fisher, [email protected] 

Contact – if you have a question

If you have any questions regarding the ISABC Pro-D Day Conference please contact:

Veronica Jarvi, [email protected]
Bonnie Fisher, [email protected]

Support – if you want to talk

Please reach out to the suggested contacts below if you or someone you know is in need of support:


Kids Help Phone 1800-668-6868, Text: 686868
Kids Help Phone – Indigenous Outreach Materials
The Trevor Project (support to LGBTQ young people)

HealthLinkBC (Mental Health Resources)
Canadian Mental Health Association
Crisis Service Canada (Suicide Prevention) Phone: 1-833-456-4566, Text: 45645
SOGI 123 Parent Resources

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