February 19, 2019 – U’mista Project of Heart / Speaking to Memory Exhibit, Courtenay Elementary

On February 19th we visited our neighbours at Courtenay Elementary and were led through a tour of the powerful U’mista “Project of Heart” and “Speaking to Memory” exhibits. Nala’atsi favourite Lelaina Jules introduced the exhibits during our morning circle, and Courtenay Elementary ISW Holly Douglas provided more valuable information when we arrived. Thank you to Lelaina & Holly for guiding us through these exceptional exhibits!

December 12, 2018 – Visit to VIU Natural History Museum & Shq’aphthut Gathering Place (Nanaimo)

On December 12th we packed into the Bobbie Bailer Bus and headed south for a visit to the VIU Natural History Museum, joined by Nala’atsi favourite Lelaina Jules. After checking out the museum (and its array of taxidermied wonders) we visited Shq’aphthut Gathering Place, where students got a taste of campus life. And what would a trip to Nanaimo be without a visit to Mrs. Riches restaurant? We enjoyed a couple of obscenely large burgers and ate way too much (who could’ve predicted that???) followed by a quiet bus ride home.

November 22, 2018 – Drum Making with Mavis, Daryle & Bobbie!

After learning about the cultural & historical significance of the drum, Nala’atsi students and staff spent an afternoon making their own drums. For many students this was their first opportunity to make a drum. Daryle Mills, Mavis Aubichon, and Bobbie Bailer guided us through the process and by the end of the day almost all of our students and staff had completed their very own drum. Huge thank you’s to Mavis, Daryle, and Bobbie for making it all possible! Photos of the completed drums to come…

November 5, 2018 – Trip to Nuyumbalees Cultural Center (Quadra Island)

On November 5th the Nala’atsi crew traveled to Quadra Island for a tour of the Nuyumbalees Cultural Center. We were joined by a number of Isfeld students & staff and our favourite Elders – Jo Loukes, Verna Wallace, and Jackie Finnie. The tour was fascinating and informative, and we enjoyed the beautiful scenery throughout the day. Thank you to Bobbie for organizing the trip, and to the Elders and Isfeld students & staff who joined us for the day. (Photos by Marion Dawson & Abigayle Randell).

October 22, 2018 – Canoeing at Comox Lake

The weather has been kind to us this fall. On an unexpectedly sunny Monday morning we convoyed out to Comox Lake for a day of canoeing. Several students had never canoed before; most of us are inexperienced at best, which makes it even more impressive that everyone found the courage to get out on the water, and that no one found themselves in the water. We paddled our way across the lake to Coal Beach and later around the bend to Devil’s Ladder, where we watched a group of rock climbers scale a terrifying rock face. When one of our students (very helpfully) yelled, “Don’t fall” one of the climbers replied, “Don’t drown!” Big thank yous to Bobbie for getting the canoes out to the lake, and to Abigayle for some of the excellent photos below.