Indigenous Education


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WVS Indigenous Education Videos and Resources

Curriculum and Classroom Resources

First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC)

First Nations Schools Association (FNSA)

Ministry of Education – Indigenous Education

Strong Nations Publishing

Legacy of Hope Foundation

Orange Shirt Day

Elementary Indigenous Education Resources (Shared Google Folder – accessible by West Vancouver Schools staff only)
WV Schools Staff google drive – Elementary resources

Secondary Indigenous Education Resources (Shared Google Folder – accessible by West Vancouver Schools staff only)
WV Schools Staff google drive – Secondary resources

Indigenous Educational Videos

The first river you paddle runs through the rest of your life. It bubbles up in pools and eddies to remind you who you are. – Lynn Culbreath Noel

West Vancouver Schools has the privilege and honour of working directly with local Indigenous Elders, Nation Council members, cultural advisors, and educators to provide authentic, meaningful learning opportunities for both students and staff.
This page contains videos of legends and ceremonies you can watch as a family, and some for adults to help understand what Indigenous Education looks like in our community’s classrooms.
We would like to acknowledge and thank our guest presenters and knowledge leaders for sharing their personal stories, experiences, and words. These videos will form a legacy resource for future learning.

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Squamish Nation Canoe Culture

Bob Baker – Sahplek – Canoe Culture: History of the Canoe – April, 2020 – 6 minutes

Bob Baker – Canoe Culture Part 2: Making the Canoe – 9 minutes

Bob Baker – Sahplek – Canoe Culture Part 3: Canoe Journey – April,  2020 – 10 minutes

Bob Baker – Sahplek –  K’ayáchtn Culture -2000 – 15 minutes

Xwalacktun – Squamish Artist explaining his art design on our WVS Canoe Tel’Tiwet West Wind – May, 2020 – 5 minutes

Canoe Naming Ceremony – ‘Tel’ Tiwet’ – 20 minutes

Canoe Awakening – 9 minutes

Squamish Nation History and Tradition 

Faye Halls –Yeltsilewet – Princess Video – 3 minutes

Squamish Nation visit Ainu Nation in Hokkaido, Japan, 2002 – 7 minutes

Indigenous People’s Day song – 3 minutes

Bob Baker Skewk ta sp’akw’us – 19 minutes

Bob Baker drum song to honor everyday treasures in life – 5 minutes

Squamish Nation Legends

Bob Baker – Sahplek – Legend of Sla-kay-ulsh – April, 2020 – 7 minutes

Bob Baker – Sahplek – Legend of Chi Chi – April, 2020 – 7 minutes

Kakulith Legend by Bob Baker – 14 minutes

Legend of Takaya by Bob Baker – 15 minutes

Meet Skewk’ – Bob Baker introduces Raven – 3 minutes

Legend of Skewk’ by Bob Baker – 13 minutes

Legend of The Flood – Bob Baker – 10 minutes

Residential Schools

The Impacts of Residential Schools
Sempulyan, Stewart Gonzales – Ayas Men Men Child and Family Services

Gambling Song from Residential School
Sahplek Bob Baker

Driving Systemic Change: Decolonizing a Public School System
Tsnomot, Brad Baker – District Principal, North Vancouver School District

Shared Decision Making: Nothing about Us, without Us
Syetaxtn, Chris Lewis – Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation Council Member, Chair of the SFU Board of Governors

Honouring the Land
K’etximtn, Alroy Baker – Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation Council Member and Elder

Reflecting Questions related to our Enhancement Agreement Goals
Melanie Nelson – School Psychologist for the North Vancouver School District

The Importance of Language
Sesemiya, Tracy Williams – Manager of Language and Cultural Affairs for the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation

First Peoples Principles of Learning
Jo Chrona, Curriculum – First Nation Education Steering Committee (FNESC)

Equity in Action: A Toolkit for BC Districts and Schools to Achieve Parity and Equity for All Students
Joe Heslip, Secondee, Field Liaison – District Prinicipal of Indigenous Education, Victoria BC

Indigenous Education Pro-D Day overview
Our journey learning together

The Importance of Teachers and Support Staff
Paul Wick – Director of Education, Employment, and Training Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation

The Local Land
Sahplek, Bob Baker – Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Elder and Cultural Advisor for WVS

We Matter and My Journey to Indigeneity and Identity
Georgina Johnston – Future teacher and We Matter Ambassador

Métis Identity and Culture
Kathleen Nisbet & Eloi Homier – V’ni Dansi, traditional and contemporary Métis Dance Company

Decolonization is for Everyone (TEDxSFU)
Nikki Sanchez – Educator, Media Maker, Wild Guide, PhD

Reconciliation in Your Community (TEDxLangley)
Carolyn Roberts, Faculty – Department of Education, Simon Fraser University (SFU)

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