This week Nala’atsi students & staff participated in a really enjoyable day of cedar weaving, feasting, and cultural teachings with Avis O’Brien and a number of our favourite elders. It was a really powerful day of learning and sharing with a group spanning several generations. We’d like to thank Avis, the elders who joined us for the day, and First Nations Health Authority for their generous support in making this happen!
Congratulations to Nala’atsi student Diana O’Malley, who was selected as the Rotary Club ‘Student of the Month’ for February 2020! Diana is being recognized for dramatically improved attendance, the exceptional work that she has submitted this year (specifically for English First Peoples 12), her thoughtful and intelligent contributions to group discussion, and her participation in several extra-curricular activities including the Youth Climate Action Conference, North Island Writers Conference, and weekly Qmunity gatherings at Wachiay Friendship Center. Well done Diana!
We’ve been keeping busy at Nala’atsi, with lots of hands-on learning over the last two weeks! In late November several Nala’atsi students participated in a lovely cedar weaving workshop with Avis O’Brien in Campbell River. (Thank you Avis!) In early December students learned fish preparation with Nala’atsi favourite, Lelaina Jules, and later helped smoke the fish. Delicious. On top of that, students have been participating in a variety of arts & crafts activities with Heather and the rest of the Nala’atsi staff. Sounds like some good gifts might come out of this, probably a good idea to be nice to us 🙂
Like most things at Nala’atsi, our PE program is unconventional and awesome. Throughout the year our students participate in a large variety of physical activities – from laser tag in the forest to canoeing, snowshoeing to ice skating, archery to rock climbing, and much more. Our students are exposed to a variety of physical activities in the hopes that they find something they love and start to develop a lifelong commitment to physical health. Some of our PE activities this fall have included: badminton, outdoor laser tag in Campbell River, scenic walks in Courtenay, games at the Lewis Center gym, and a hilariously entertaining afternoon at Saratoga Driving Range.
The Nala’atsi Lahal Team had its first practice this Thursday, under the capable guidance of David Dawson & Lelaina Jules. Lots of smiles and lots of laughter, but don’t let that distract you – this year we will be a force to be reckoned with! There is talk of inter-district Lahal games, maybe even tournaments. Stay tuned!
Nala’atsi year-end field trip to Vancouver! Ferry rides, Science World, Aqua Bus, pirate ships, Granville Island, Theatre Sports Improv Night, counting Teslas (Clayton counted 61), and a fantastic tour of the Museum of Anthropology. An excellent finale to what has been a really great year at Nala’atsi!
Over the course of two days the incredible Lelaina Jules guided a number of Nala’atsi students through the process of smoking salmon. Our students filleted and brined the fish on Monday, and then prepared the smoker and helped keep the fire going at the right temperature throughout the day on Tuesday. The smoked salmon turned out brilliantly (although it wasn’t finished until after school had ended so Rory had to sample it all by himself). Thank you Lelaina!