PORT HARDY— School District 85 workers came to PHSS last Friday for the Vancouver Island North Teachers’ Association Professional Development Day.
The theme for the day was Aboriginal Education: Reconciliation and Revitalization— A Deeper Understanding.
“We see this as a great opportunity to bring educators from the North Island together in the same place to discuss a common issue,” said VINTA Professional Development chair Kevin Ogren.
After opening ceremonies, the attendees had a chance to see the powerful and moving “How a People Live”, a film exploring the history of the Gwa’sala and Nakwaxda’xw peoples, before breaking for workshops.
During a lunch which featured traditional First Nations cuisine, Kaleb Child led singing, drumming and dancing performances.
Attendees each received a print by artist Calvin Hunt depicting the motif chosen for the day.