Kaleb Child addresses the group assembled outside the School Board's office in Port Hardy for the unveiling of a traditional territories map in the entry of the office.

Map puts school district in its place

Traditional territories map unveiled at School Board office.

PORT HARDY—School District 85 trustees, administrators and staff were joined by Kwakiutl Band members at the SD85 office in Port Hardy for a ceremonial unveiling of a traditional territories map.

At a recent SD85 board meeting School District Superintendent Scott Benwell floated the idea of the map to Kaleb Child, District Principal of First Nations Programs, saying that the board would find it helpful to know in which Nation’s territories its schools and students were located.

The suggestion was met with approval around the table, and this week a ceremony was held to unveil the map — a copy of the version displayed in the U’mista Cultural Centre on Cormorant Island — situated in the entry to the School Board’s office in Port Hardy.

“I am reminded of one of my favourite authors, Gary Howard, who said, ‘We can’t teach what we don’t know’,” said Benwell at the ceremony. “This will remind us of who we serve.”

Child welcomed staff and visitors to the office before Chief George Hunt led a blessing ceremony, with eagle down being spread, dancing from PHSS students, and song.

The map was then unveiled to the assembled group under a header reading “Gilakas’la,” Kwak’wala for welcome.

Child explained that the map, developed by U’mista, covered the territories of the Kwakwaka’wakw or Kwak’wala speaking peoples, and divided the region into dialects of the language family, with Kwak’wala speaking regions differentiated from Lik’wala and so forth. Each dialect region is then subdivided to delineate regional and component tribal boundaries.

After the blessing, the group moved inside and had a chance to inspect the map before joining in a meal in the School Board office.

 

“Thank you all. It means a lot to be able to have such a striking and appropriate reminder of who it is we serve,” said Benwell.

 

 

Just Posted

7 Mile Landfill operations tender closes October

Taxes covering the landfill have not increased over the past 15 years and are not expected to soon.

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

10 things still illegal in the new age of recreational cannabis

Pot is legal – but there are still a lot of rules, and breaking some could leave you in jail

NorthIsle starts drilling in Pemberton Hills area after negotiating deal with Freeport

Mining industry one step closer to a revitalization after farm-out agreement

‘Police are ready’ for legal pot, say Canadian chiefs

But Canadians won’t see major policing changes as pot becomes legal

Mellow opening to B.C.’s only legal pot shop

About five people lined up early for the opening of the BC Cannabis Store in Kamloops.

Great British Columbia ShakeOut earthquake drill reminder

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the Great ShakeOut

Jagmeet Singh says marijuana pardons are not enough

Trudeau government will streamline pardon process for Canadians convicted of simple possession of marijuana in the past

Caregivers banned from smoking, growing cannabis around children-in-care: MCFD

Ministry has limited cannabis use for caregivers, stating it may “pose a risk to children and youth.”

Cheaper strains sell out within minutes on online BC Cannabis Store

Province says new strains will become available in the coming months

Port Hardy municipal election candidate Fred Robertson’s profile

Incumbent Robertson said he will “work toward maintaining our existing facilities.”

Only 40% of B.C. car dealerships have electric cars available: report

Researchers found buyers frustrated at the lack of options

VIDEO: Millionaire Lottery returns to give back and win big

Since 1996, Millionaire Lottery has raised $52 million for the VGH+UBC Hospital Foundation

Most Read