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I am of Secwepemc descent, born Neskonlith, raised in Maple Ridge (where I honed my craft of being a cultural teacher) and now being refined into island life on the Gulf Islands. It has been a privilege and a pleasure being part of the energy, community and team at SD64.
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My ancestors came from Africa, Europe, and Turtle Island (Ojibway and Erie). I am grateful to live in Coast Salish territory, where my children were born.
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Deeply proud of her Cree & Irish roots Shannon is Aboriginal Education Coordinator in SD64. As a life long learner and outdoor enthusiast, the First Peoples Principles of Learning align closely with her passions and values as district coordinator, principal, middle years eco teacher and member of a close knit family.
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Students from Phoenix Place and GISS visited W̱ EN,NÁ,NEĆ (pronounced ‘kwaneenech’, meaning facing toward Saanich’, and located on Tsawout land near Fulford Village on Salt Spring Island. They explored the ecology of Forest & Sea and Indigenous knowledge. Below are student reflections based on these questions: what did you like most? (what was the highlight … Read More
Learning Partners student, Anika Otsu, has won a BC-wide art competition promoting biodiversity. The Learning Partners program offers flexible learning options for students at Phoenix Elementary. Anika received a message that her “artwork ‘Midnight Barn Owl’ has been selected as a winner of the Wild Postcard Project @ British Columbia 2018 competition!!!! On behalf of … Read More
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The Tsawout Learning House in Saanich and Pender Island School came together to nurture new connections and understandings between youth. This reconciliation initiative involved twelve middle years students who came together weekly for eight full days of learning, connecting, understanding and creating friendships. This occurred through many shared experiences. Students learned about their shared and … Read More
Presented to Board of Trustees of Gulf Islands Schools by Robin Jenkinson, Toby Carson, and Katharine Byers on February 28, 2018. Robin and Toby are parent and volunteer, and Katharine is a teacher at Salt Spring Elementary. School gardens are a valuable resource for all our schools. At Salt Spring Elementary they have offered a … Read More
Recommendations to support gardens at each of the schools made to the Gulf Islands SD64 Board of Education by presenters Robin Jenkinson, Toby Carson, and Katharine Byers on February 28, 2018. Common Strengths and Values Several links to the District strategic plan: Gets kids outside, healthy learning outdoors Strong community partnerships Opportunities for mentorship District … Read More
GISS Improv is returning to Ottawa for the sixth time to compete in the Canadian Improv Games national competition, where they hope to reach their highest potential as performers and transform into one great fire-breathing being with five heads, five hearts, and a batting average of 0.429. These improvisers will spend the next two months … Read More