PSS Aboriginal Leadership Students sorting and delivering warm jackets and clothing to communities!

Aboriginal leadership students at PSS spearheaded a warm clothing drive in  December to support communities affected by flood and fire. Well done students!

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Howe Sound Aboriginal Leadership students cooking lunch for Squamish Nation Elders

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2016-17 Aboriginal Leadership students raising money for the food bank…

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Don Ross students bake and sell bannock and bannock dogs to raise money for the food bank!

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ABORIGINAL LEADERSHIP DISTRICT DAY NOV. 21 at PEMBERTON SCHOOL

STUDENT CHOICE,  STUDENT VOICE LEADING US IN RECONCILIATION!WabKinew

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Students tell Aboriginal veterans story and support the learning by creating poppies in their honour.

ORANGE SHIRT DAY – September 30, 2016

Ha7lh skwayel Whistler Community,

Today we gathered in the school gym, dressed in orange, to recognize and honour our Residential School Survivors.  Today is one small act towards our united community in building reconciliation. Residential schools are a part of our Canadian history that requires a humanistic understanding that runs deeper than seeing it as a fact on a time line, or a bump in our past.  It requires us to develop a level of understanding that will enable us to see this act for what it was, so that we can start to move forward with understanding equality and social justice.  It is about honouring the voices and stories of the past.

“Reconciliation will be about ensuring everything we do today will be aimed at a high standard to restore the balance of the relationship between aboriginal and non-aboriginal peoples”.

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake in 2013. It grew out of one survivor’s account of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools. It is also an opportunity to set the stage for the coming school year as we look to implement new curriculum material about residential schools and reconciliation. Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

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I have added a link to a short news clip regarding the foundation of Orange shirt Day.   Please watch this video and talk with your children about what they experienced today.  Today is about honouring and remembering the stories of the past.  Every child matters, and every voice needs to be heard.

Kukwstumckacw,

Jeff Maynard

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SQUAMISH ELEMENTARY CELEBRATES ABORIGINAL DAY 2016

THIS YEAR’S 24 HOUR DRUM!

On May 6, 2016, the 24 Hour Drum event was held at Whistler Secondary!

This year we gathered to witness the raising of the Lil’wat and Skwxwú7mesh Nations’ flags on the shared territory at Whistler Secondary. Whistler Municipality Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden attended the flag raising at 11:00 AM followed by a Traditional Tobacco Ceremony.

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The 2016 Aboriginal leadership students are focusing on two themes:

  • LANGUAGE REVITALIZATION– learning from our Elders, a drum song or dance in their language and sharing their learning with other Nations. 
  • ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS ON OUR TERRITORIES- students are focusing on the impacts of energy consumption and extraction on land and communities in our country.

SD48 acknowledges the ORIGINATORS of the 24 Hour Drum from the West Bank First Nation, Mount Boucherie High School and the work of Kevin Kaiser!

We are drumming your work forward…

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Shaw cable captures the spirit of the 24 Hour Drum!

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Aboriginal Youth meeting on April 13th 2016

The Sea to Sky Aboriginal Youth came together to finalize their presentations and celebrations for the 24-Hour Drum on May 6th at Whistler Secondary School. They had a fabulous day connecting and learning with each other on April  13th.

Alex Wells shared his gift of hoop dancing as his brothers Chris and Daniel sang and drummed for him.Alex Wells hoop dancing May 13 2016

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