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​School District 47 and Tla'amin Nation 'Cross Culture Days'

November 14, 2022

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For the first time since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, students in grades 3 to 5 were able to experience a half day immersive experience learning about the Tla'amin history, culture, and traditions. Over the course of 4 days, more than 520 students from across the qathet region participated in the 26th annual cross-culture day at the Hatchery and the Salish Centre.

Organized and hosted by the SD47 Indigenous Education team, the Tla'amin Nation Education team, Elders, Hatchery staff and many other members of the community, this year's culture days consisted of learning stations where students would participate in an activity and learn about a tradition such as wood carving, weaving, painting, hunting, cedar or the Ayajuthem language. Groups also made a visit to the hatchery to learn about the egg take, salmon cutting, smokehouses and more.

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Staff brought their own personal items to help bring to life the stories of the Tla'amin peoples. From canoe paddles carved in 1918 to woven wedding blankets to a 100-year-old baby basket made from cedar, the detail that went into curating a rich learning experience for students was second to none.

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The days' activities had curricular connections to social studies, science, arts, physical and health education, English language arts as well as First Peoples Principles of Learning for grades 3 to 5. But above all that, students were engaged with questions and information to allow for an interactive appreciation of Tla'amin traditions and some fun facts to take home to share with their families. For example:

Did you know that Tla'amin people dance counterclockwise around the room?

Do you know how long it takes to smoke a whole salmon? (3 to 4 days)

Do you know how to say soccer in Ayajuthem? (yiʔimaʔəm)

 Do you know which extinct animal provided soft long fur for weaving? (Salish wool dog)

Do you know how long cedar needs to be stored before it can be soaked and bent to make items? (One year)

Do you know the survival rate for eggs kept at the hatchery? (85-95% vs. 18-20% in the wild)

To end the action-packed morning, students got to enjoy some drumming and dancing while they lined up to taste traditionally barbecued salmon, fish soup, and Bannock!

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Thanks to the amazing teams for planning such an engaging day for students and staff! 


(Part 1 of 3) Instagram video: Cross Culture Days Reel (Part 1)

(Part 2 of 3) Instagram video: Cross Culture Day Reel (Part 2)

(Part 3 of 3) Instagram video: Cross Culture Day Reel (Part3)