Syós:ys Week

This Halq'eméylem word means “friends working together”. The Syós:ys Week is based on your schools priority week. These cultural presentations will be booked into classrooms at your school with direction from your Aboriginal contact at your school.

 
 

Aboriginal Board Games

Presentation Length: 60 Minutes
Grades: Kindergarten 1 2 3

The presenter will bring four 'board' games created from natural materials. The number of games played will depend on time and the number of students.

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Aboriginal PE Games

Presentation Length: 60 Minutes
Grades: 4 5

Students will have the opportunity to learn and practice traditional Aboriginal games. A brief overview of the importance of the games to the Aboriginal people is given.

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Aboriginal Social Dances

Presentation Length: 60 Minutes
Grades: Kindergarten 1 2 3 4 5

In this presentation, students will learn how songs and dances have been passed down from generation to generation. They will also learn that not all dances are for serious or ceremonial purposes.

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Cedar

Presentation Length: 1 hr. 15 min
Grades: 4 5

The presenter will explain how important the cedar tree was to the Stó:lō people. A video which demonstrates how Stó:lō people respectfully harvest the cedar tree will be shown.

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Fishing Tools - Past and Present

Presentation Length: 90 Minutes
Grades: 3 4 5

The presenter will bring a collection of five traditional Stó:lō fishing tools and artifacts for students to examine.

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Her Seven Brothers

Presentation Length: 40 Minutes
Grades: 1 2 3 4 5

The presenter will share a Cheyenne story Her Seven Brothers, by Paul Goble, that tells of the origin of the Big Dipper for the Cheyenne people. 

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History of Trade Beads

Presentation Length: 60 Minutes
Grades: 4 5

Students will learn about the pre-contact and post contact history of trade beads in Canada. Students will also learn the importance of beading to Aboriginal peoples of Canada.

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How Deer are Important

Presentation Length: 60 Minutes
Grades: 2 3 4 5

The students will compare the origins of everyday clothing and items to the origins of traditional Stό:lō items and clothing. 

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Introduction to Métis Culture

Presentation Length: 60 Minutes
Grades: 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

The presenter will communicate knowledge of Métis people and their history in Canada.

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Inuit Sculptures

Presentation Length: 3 Hours
Grades: 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

The presenter will introduce Inuit sculptures to the class through the use of Inuit stories.

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Kumak's Fish

Presentation Length: 60 Minutes
Grades: 1 2 3

Students will listen to a humorous Inuit story, Kumak’s Fish - A Tall Tale from the Far North, written by Michael Bania.

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Paddle 2

Presentation Length: 40 Minutes
Grades: 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Students will learn about symbols of Stó:lō People: the paddle, the canoe and the cedar tree. Students will learn about the Coast Salish eye design and assemble a paddle keychain to keep.

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Paddle Necklace

Presentation Length: 60 Minutes
Grades: 3 4 5

Students will learn about the Four Directions and a symbol of Stó:lō People: the Paddle. Students will assemble a paddle necklace to keep and then draw a personal symbol onto their necklace.

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Rock Painting

Presentation Length: 60 Minutes
Grades: 2 3 4

Students will learn about the significance and history of pictographs and traditional rock paintings. They will decipher what they believe some pictographs communicated.

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Salish Weaving

Presentation Length: 5 Hours
Grades: 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

The presenter will warp a small loom for each student (maximum 17 looms = 34 students) to produce their own weaving.

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Sharing Circle 1

Presentation Length: 60 Minutes
Grades: Kindergarten 1 2 3

The presenter will bring an object or talking stick to share with students. The students will be introduced to the history, the purpose and the expectations of a sharing circle.

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Sharing Circle 2

Presentation Length: 60 Minutes
Grades: 4 5

The presenter will bring al talking stick to share with students.

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Slahal

Presentation Length: 60 Minutes
Grades: 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

The presenter teaches the basic skills for playing the traditional game Slahal. Slahal is a guessing game that dates back many, many generations and is played in Nations across North America.

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Stó:lō Fishing Tools and Implements

Presentation Length: 3 Hours
Grades: 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

The presenter will bring a collection of traditional Stó:lō fishing tool replicas.

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Stό:lō Tools and Implements

Presentation Length: 3 Hours
Grades: 4 5

The presenter will bring a collection of traditional Stó:lō tool replicas.

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The Four Ladies

Presentation Length: 60 Minutes
Grades: 2 3 4

The presenter will bring four traditional dolls representing four major Aboriginal land regions.

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The Return of the Buffaloes

Presentation Length: 60 Minutes
Grades: 1 2 3

The Presenter will read a Lakota story from the Plains region, The Return of the Buffaloes, written and illustrated by Paul Goble.

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