Click the play button to hear the English and Halq’emeylem pronunciation of the title of this tab

Big Idea:

9000 years ago, before Canada and European contact, there were Aboriginal people living here. Specific to our area are the Sto:lo People which include the Kwantlen First Nation, Matsqui First Nation, Leq’a:mel First Nation and Sq’ewlets First Nation. They each had their own education, community and cultural values based on the local area where the people lived.  Aboriginal people are connected to the land and this influences their community. The local resources were and are important to community and trade. 

Inquiry Question: 

What are the many ways we can acknowledge the history and knowledge of the land pre-contact and work to share the knowledge with each other?  (Core competency – Communication):

Video Resources:

Story telling has been the way the Sto:lo people’s history, culture and important lessons has been handed down from generation to generation. The video below explores this topic

Digital Resources:

Click the following Bold hyperlink or the image (left) to view First Nations Pedagogy Online: Explanation of First Nations storytelling, followed by videos of First Nations storytellers telling traditional stories. Lots of great information for free here.  To access resources, you will need to sign up via email.  This information is here  – scroll down to the “Community” section for instructions.




The Learning Circle : Classroom Activities on First Nations in Canada:

A series of teacher resources developed by the Government of Canada which includes topics and educational activities appropriate for each age group:  Ages 4-7 Primary




Northwest Coast Painted Designs : “This educational resource focuses on Northwest Coast two-dimensional painted design. It is inspired by Lyle Wilson’s exhibition “Paint: The Painted Works of Lyle Wilson, …”  Includes detailed lesson plans along with resources (pictures and stories) to use within the lesson.  (Primary)

Map Copyright: Lyle Wilson (available on the Northwest Coast Painted Designs site, for educational purposes)





Luke Marston:  This Coast Salish artist’s commercial website offers a biography with video,  and slide shows of the developmental stages of some of his projects (requires FLASH player).




Susan Point : This Coast Salish artist’s commercial website offers a biography of the artist and a description of Coast Salish history and culture.  Digital galleries of her work are also presented.