By Alexandra Mehl Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Port Alberni, BC – Nine ADSS students are the first to complete the high school’s Indigenous studies diploma, recognizing their completion of Nuu-chah-nulth language courses and First Nations studies alongside their standard courses. This is the first year that the Alberni District Secondary School is offering the dual diploma program, with additional classes to come. “It’s cool to be recognized for the work we put into learning about our culture,” said Sophia Bill of Tseshaht, who is an ADSS graduate with the dual diploma. “The French immersion students get?recognized for being in French, so I thought it was kind of cool that they do it with our second language there as well,” added Saphia Lauder of Hupacasath, another graduate to complete the Indigenous
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