2016 Shared Territories Shared Drum


View the 2016 24 Hour Drum video below.

SD48 Aboriginal leadership students raising the flags 2016 24 Hour DrumWSS-FLAG-drummers3









2016 24 Hour Drum Poster

This year the 24 HOUR DRUM was held at Whistler Secondary on May 6th 2016! This event  aimed to immerse communities in Aboriginal traditions while drawing attention to Aboriginal issues and raising funds to support Aboriginal initiatives. The students’ passion and commitment to Reconciliation is leading our learning in SD48!

The 2016  Aboriginal Youth Leadership group is comprised of 60 students from across the Sea to Sky corridor, including Pemberton Secondary, Whistler Secondary, Xet’olacw Community School, Head of the Lake School, Howe Sound Secondary and Don Ross Secondary. Their work is guided by two chosen 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.


Skwxwú7mesh Nation and Howe Sound Aboriginal Leadership students, part of the 2016 24 Hour Drum leadership group, shared their learning about the environmental impacts of LNG on their Traditional Territory with the Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon.


The First Nations Language and Culture Class at Don Ross Middle School

Slam poetry and Spoken word workshopLearn Skwxwú7mesh! Follow our link and try some Skwxwú7mesh words.

We would love it if users could leave a few comments on the website. The students worked long and hard on this project and it would be great to have some feedback! Here is the link:

Skwxwu7mesh Oral Dictionary

For more information about the 24 Hour Drum, please contact the District Principal of Aboriginal Education, Susan Leslie, at sleslie@sd48.bc.ca.