By SD58 (Nicola-Similkameen)
A local First Nation forest company in market logging and forest management, “Stuwix” located and provided us with a fir log for us to carve a model canoe, which will be placed at Merritt Secondary School for display.
A local Nlkaka’pamux carver, Alfred Snow, originally from our local First Nations community (Shackan Band) and a couple of helpers demonstrated the process of carving a model canoe to put on display. There were some classes and community members that observed parts of the process. Having the canoe and other First Nations displays give all students a sense of pride in recognizing the importance and relevance of the local First Nations people’s which are the Okanagan (Syilx) and nłeʔkepmxcin (Thompson) people.
We also purchased a 29-foot canoe that youth and community members can learn to canoe pull. We plan to develop local curriculum on the history of the local canoes used where students will learn more about the local First Nations history.
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For more information about this story, contact Shelley Oppenheim-Lacerte, District Principal – Aboriginal Education, SD58 (Nicola-Similkameen) at firstname.lastname@example.org