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News: Saturday, March 7th, 2020

Connecting With Our Ancestors Is The Key To Our Future

Learning ultimately supports the well-being of the self, the family, the community, the land, the spirits, and the ancestors.

On March 5th we set out to University of British Columbia to the Museum of Anthropology to learn the importance of our ancestors and the ties between our past, present and future generations. Support staff, our Elder in residence from the Little Bears program, and two Vice Principals accompanied 27 grade 5 students from Dormick Park, Centennial Park, Jackson, Godson and 8 students of Abbotsford Middle. I shared we were in the presence of our Ancestors and they are going to share a glimpse of who we are and where we come from. Our Indigenous Peoples are one people and share a connection to Mother Earth. As Indigenous People we believe the connection to our old people will never break if we continue to speak of them, this in turn breathes life into the teaching tools housed in places like MOA for future generations to come and learn from and stay connected to our old people. Our students were present, attentive, and respectful.  They truly harnessed the Indigenous ways of learning, understanding and knowing. We had two UBC students share their educational journey to university and their hopes and dreams for our students in attendance. Serena Jefferson is Stó:lō from Chilliwack, she shared her struggle with dyslectic. This ignited a passion to pursue her degree in Counselling to help our Indigenous Peoples find educational plans that best suit our needs. Lyam Donetz is Kwakwewlth from Vancouver Island and shared his story of struggling through K-12 and wanting to create space for our Peoples to learn off the land, thereby specializing in Outdoor Education. Both students voiced how important it is for our youth to see themselves in high powered positions to help them aim high and see their dreams are obtainable. Our students can stay connected to these two U.B.C students through a social media platform. This was created to provide Indigenous UBC students and Indigenous future post-secondary students connect and have a bridge of understanding and to continue to see themselves in the post-secondary students attaining their degrees. Our students will create a picture and write about their trip to MOA and their future goals after high school for self-reflection and self-assessment. 

Rose Greene, Vice Principal, Indigenous Education Department