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Indigenous Culture and Learning

Kirsty Bowers taught a unit designed around the book Dipnetting with Dad by Williams Lake First Nation Chief Willie Sellars.  The class read the book and talked about the things students knew and learned from the book. They discussed how indigenous people lived/still live and how it differs from most people. After reading the book they had a dipnetting demonstration and fished for balloons in a trough of water and got to try to carry a weighted sack to experience what it was like to carry fish home. The class visited Farwell Canyon. Students looked down from the bridge at various spots that would be used for dipping. While out there, students got to explore the pictographs and pick sage after learning how to make an offering to the land. Kirsty says it was amazing how the whole unit came together full of enriched experiences of Indigenizing the curriculum. It was perfect to be able to end the unit by gifting the students with a copy of the book for themselves. Many parents have contacted her to say thank you for the book and the learning experience for their children. 

First Nation Curriculum Teacher Dancing Water Sandy taught about Indigenous culture and learning through the making of tea at Tatla School. Principal Kim Ikebuchi says Dancing Water’s presence always brings joy and peace, and inspires the gratitude of students and staff. 

Students from Peter Skene Ogden Secondary on a field trip taking part in traditional medicine gathering. 

Students from Nesika Elementary standing in a partially constructed sweat house.

Past Chief Roger William drumming a warrior song for the students of Naghtaneqed in honor of the Tsilhqot'in memorial day- Lhatsas?in.

Enjoying friendship with a beautiful background.  Students from Nesika Elementary at Xatsull Heritage Village site.

Students from Nesika Elementary sitting in the pit house at Xatsull Heritage Village site.

A group of Nesika Elementary students constructing medicine pouches at the Xatsull Heritage Village site.

Chief Willie drumming a welcome song at the movie premier of "Portraits From a Fire" which was filmed locally and starred William Lulua- a student at Lake City Secondary

Orange Shirt Day activity at Horse Lake Elementary. The students each created a patch on the quilt, as a commitment to the Truth & Reconciliation process.

Dog Creek School was honoured to start the school year with Knowledge Keeper Harold leading the school in a smudge and the Men’s and Women’s Warrior songs. Band Counsel member Timothy and Education Coordinator Dave Hall brought the staff of Rosie Seymour Band School over for lunch and afternoon planning.

The Assembly of First Nations in Ottawa sent Nesika Elementary t-shirts with unique indigenous artwork in recognition of the way the school has been celebrating First Nations learning and achievement. The school is proud of their good work in reconciliation and celebration.  Students wore their shirts for Orange Shirt Day 🧑.

Blaine Grinder presented Skyline Alternate School and Marie Sharpe Elementary students on how to skin and treat a moose hide.  The students received hands-on experience with the tools.


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