It was a brisk, stormy Monday but our students braved the elements (& did not complain about the weather or being wet and cold once) for a fascinating and informative workshop about traditional K’omoks fishing weirs, led by the wonderful Lynn Swift. We learned about traditional fishing techniques for salmon and herring, as well as the history of the weirs and how they were used. Emmylou also had a nice time prancing about the beach. Thank you Lynn and Lelaina for an informative & enjoyable afternoon!
On a surprisingly sunny Thursday the Nala’atsi crew headed to Parksville in the Bobbie Bailer Bus for an action-packed (and often highly comical) afternoon of mini-golf at Paradise Fun Park. It was a really enjoyable day full of laughter and good times. Bobbie’s team ended up winning by literal decimal points. Well done Bobbie’s team!
On February 27th, Nala’atsi student Marion Dawson was recognized as the Rotary Club Student of the Month. Marion was chosen because of her excellent work habits, her generosity and kindness towards students, staff, and visitors, her political activism and cultural engagement, and her commitment to her community and family. Well done Marion!
Upon learning that the Comox Valley Art Gallery was hosting a very cool photography exhibit, the Nala’atsi crew headed to the CVAG for the afternoon. The exhibit was thought-provoking and well executed, and we appreciate the friendly staff opening their doors to us (even when they were technically closed). Thank you CVAG!
On January 24th the Nala’atsi crew headed out for our first overnight trip of the year to the Vancouver Island Mountain Center at Mt Washington. We were joined by several Vanier students, as well as Mavis Aubichon, Daryle Mills, and Alex Jules. After some entertaining ice-breaker activities, Mavis led us through a fantastic Medicine Wheel teaching. Then we feasted, played board games, cards, and charades, and watched movies. The next morning we greeted the day in a talking circle led by Mavis, had a delicious pancake breakfast, and then headed out snowshoeing in perfect conditions (so much new snow!) Thank you to Bobbie for organizing the trip and securing the grant! Also, a special thanks to Mavis, Daryle, and Alex for helping make the trip such a success.
Led by the ever-crafty Bobbie Bailer, on December 7th students and staff made their own dreamcatchers. Some of us were very successful and came out with beautifully crafted dreamcatchers. Others came out with… something vaguely resembling a dreamcatcher. In any case, we all had a blast!
The Nala’atsi crew headed to Campbell River on the Bobbie Bailer Bus for a guided tour of the Campbell River Museum, followed by some time to explore the different exhibits and then a delicious lunch. The First Nations exhibit was nothing short of stunning, and our students loved the mask presentation in particular. Thank you Bobbie and the Campbell River Museum for a fantastic experience!