Scarlett Hunt takes her place in the circle as feast songs begin at the VINTA professional development day at PHSS last week.

Scarlett Hunt takes her place in the circle as feast songs begin at the VINTA professional development day at PHSS last week.

How a people thrive

School District 85 workers came to PHSS last Friday for the Vancouver Island North Teachers’ Association Professional Development Day.

Gazette staff

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.