My son heads off to kindergarten in September. Game-changer, friends say. You don’t get as much time as you think, say others. I can’t wait to learn to read, he says. What just happened to the past five years? I think. He will catch the school bus, from our driveway, through Mount Currie, to school. … Continue reading Stucum Wi: Wanosts’a7 Dr. Lorna Williams walks in wisdom, Part 2
Signal Hill has one of the highest ratios of aboriginal students in the province - 40% of the elementary age kids come from a First Nations background. That means, two out of every five kids in the school come from a culture for whom school is not a safe place – not a refuge … Continue reading The bravest day of the year
Last week, I met with Clare Hanbury, the Vice Principal at Signal Hill, and Tanina Williams, an Aboriginal cultural support worker, to hear about a Blanket Ceremony I'd caught a glimpse of via Facebook. More about that tomorrow. I'm so thrilled Clare agreed to write about that incredible initiative for the Wellness Almanac, and look forward … Continue reading The Blanket Ceremony at Signal Hill
Gary Martin spent 50 days riding his bike back and forth between the Pemberton and Mount Currie, contemplating the distance between our communities. At the Wellness Gathering on Saturday, an event conceived to help bridge that gap, he said to me, “It seems like the things that really lie between us are mostly invisible.” A … Continue reading Column: We Were Children screens at the Library, Nov 27
A short factual film produced by The Legacy of Hope Foundation, the film is 27 minutes long and is a brief history of residential school experiences in Canada. The story is told by four people who attended residential schools and a grandson. The film stresses the systemic and purposeful agenda of the Canadian government and … Continue reading Film Review: Where Are The Children?