The Skw'une-was program is an authentic two-day indigenous cultural learning experience developed together with Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Elders. In the Skwxwú7mesh language, Skw'une-was means 'together' and reflects the traditional teachings of sharing, respect, and seasonality. These foundational teachings support a deeply rooted respect for the natural world on which this award-winning program is based.
Working together in traditional family groups including Plant Gatherers, Wood and Cedar Bark Workers, Wool Weavers, and Hunters/Fishers, students along with their teacher(s), support staff, and parent elders are immersed in the daily life of a traditional Ch'iyáḵmesh village. From receiving a ceremonial longhouse name to cooking over hot rocks and sleeping in a Coast Salish longhouse, the learning experience is powerful and lasting for students and adults alike
The Skw'une-was program is designed to meet a range of curricular connections for students and is aligned with the First People's Principles of Learning.
Program objectives include:
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