Coldwater School joined school district 58 at the Lower Nichola powwow
On May 29 we held a gathering to celebrate the late Eileen Aljam and the late Paul Oppenheim Sr. who contributed greatly to the Coldwater School over the years.
The student performed a rattlesnake dance and family members stood up to honour Eileen and Paul. Thank you everyone for coming.
Students went into the mountains to gather Saskatoon berries, Chocolate Lillies and other traditional foods. Mainly they gathered:
c̓eweteʔ - celery
sóx̣ʷm̓ - sunflower
On —- Coldwater students attended the Teddybear picnic at the Civic Centre to celebrate Jordan’s Principle. Jordan’s Principal is a law that states that native children growing up on reserves or attend band schools have the right to the same funding and services as aboriginal children who grow up in white neighbourhoods or go to public school.
Jordan was born in 1999 with multiple disabilities and stayed in the hospital from birth.
When he was 2 years old, doctors said he could move to a special home for his medical needs. However, the federal and provincial governments could not agree on who should pay for his home-based care.
Jordan stayed in the hospital until he passed away at the age of 5.
In 2007, the House of Commons passed Jordan's Principle in memory of Jordan. It was a commitment that First Nations children would get the products, services and supports they need, when they need them. Payments would be worked out later.
Today, Jordan's Principle is a legal obligation, which means it has no end date. While programs and initiatives to support it may only exist for short periods of time, Jordan's Principle will always be there. Jordan's Principle will support First Nations children for generations to come.
This is the legacy of Jordan River Anderson.
Today staff and students spent some time cleaning up the area around the School. Good work guys! Our school grounds are a safer more beautiful place thanks to your hard work.
On another day the elementary class worked on planting with the co-op program.
Thursday April 4th 2019
Our class took an exciting trip to Fort Langley. Fort Langley was the sight of an early trading Post during the Fur trade Era. This represented a moment of respect between Indigenous Peoples and Europeans. However, Fort Langley was also the sight of the BC Declaration which transfered Indigenous territory to England. The kids learnt about this complex history as well as many of the activities that people of that era engaged in, including preparing furs and making barrels.
On the afternoon of February 14 students gathered in the activity room to share treats and cards.
The older students made cards for each other and their teacher. Marilyn handed out cards with native phrases of love and appreciation on them. I hope everybody shares these words with their family and friends!