Squamish Nation, Tsq’escenemc, Ditidaht First Nation celebrate assuming authority over education systems

Representatives from the Squamish Nation (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Tsq’escenemc (Canim Lake Band), and Ditidaht First Nation recently gathered to celebrate the finalization of agreements with the federal government to assume authority over their education systems. The celebration included a procession of drummers and students from the Squamish Nation and speakers. The school curricula has been Indigenized to incorporate storytelling and ceremony, and the next step will be to expand First Nations-specific education, including language programming. “The road that’s being paved now is providing not only hope for our people, it’s providing that strength, stability and empowerment, that not only myself as a proud father, but as an Indigenous leader for the Nation, to help move us forward and help us strengthen what we are connected to, to who we are and where we come from,” said Squamish Nation elected councillor and spokesperson Sxwixwtn (Wilson Williams).

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