Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw Ns7éyxnitm ta Sneẇéyalh
Squamish Nation Education Department (SNED)
Ta núyap Siiyám, Siíyay, iyáwit wanáxwswit, i7xw ta Siíyuxwa7chet, ten S7ekw’í7tl iy ta Ménmenchet, Nek’íluswit s7ulh a temíxwiyekw Smenálhwit i Áyatway i Chénchenstwaywit
Chiefs, Respected leaders, Friends, Elders, Relatives, and our beloved children, our Elders are wise. They carried themselves with dignity, walked in peaceful ways supporting and sharing with one another.
New Post Secondary Application Deadline
The Squamish Nation Post Secondary Application deadline is:
May 1, 2016 (Not June 1st) for fall 2016 funding
READ FULL NOTICE HERE
Education is an inherent right; it is lifelong and holistic. Education is central to our growth as a prosperous, healthy and self-governing Nation.
The SNED mandate is to offer K-4 to Post Secondary supports and services to facilitate life long learning of qualifying Nation members. Such supports are based upon Squamish Nation policies and availability of funding.
The school’s mandate is to guide students’ learning in a way that includes our language, culture, and traditions. Our education program will give our students the tools to understand themselves and the world around them and enable them to live independent lives.
Xwemelch’stn Etsímxwawtxw, Capilano Littlest One’s School K4 – Grade 2
Many members have expressed a desire to see Squamish Language offered in at the school. In the Physical Development Plan, Phase 2: Community Consultation, November 1996, members stated that an on-reserve school should use the Squamish language as the medium of instruction. The quality of Squamish children’s education must reflect and express our language and culture, which are inseparable in the teaching and learning process. It is with this intent that we make this submission to move towards a Squamish Nation Immersion school to reverse the tide of language loss.
The Developmental Standard Certificate for Squamish Language Cohort
The Squamish Language teachers and School faculty make up the first cohort of the Developmental Standards Term Certificate (DSTC). Twenty-six (26) cohort students completed Eng 100 (Spring 2011), Skwxwú7mesh 111 (Summer 2011) and Skwxwú7mesh 115 (Fall 2011). The cohort must complete the remaining six credits. The enrolment projections are 14 students from the first cohort and 12 students who make up the second cohort.
This winter and spring term, the development of the next level of the DSTC course content and design is ongoing with the pilot for the audio/transcription course as part of the Diploma courses that will follow the Certificate training. Further professional development training will proceed in a Total Physical Response (TPR) and mentoring for Master/Apprentice as Diploma course requirements.
Dr. Peter Jacobs has left the organization to take on a tenured position with the University of Victoria. We wish him well on his new journey.
The Squamish Nation Department of Education Archives
The building of the SNED Archive continues as resources for Education purposes throughout the Squamish Nation as well as for Squamish language resources. Added to the Education Archive this past year were the late Chief, Uncle Louis Miranda Squamish Language Collection: 205 audio tapes with accompanying written materials, papers and news clippings from the late Chief Philip Joe and the late Chief Joe Mathias’ working life at Squamish Nation. The family of the late Chief Philip Joe donated both collections.
A North Vancouver resident donated a historic photograph collection (1937-1947) of over 300 photographs anonymously to the SNED. Squamish Nation photo subjects were identified by name through interviews with Nation Elders. Individual Squamish Nation members donated several private donations of audio and photograph materials to the department. The donors specifically describe each donation and future use and access in a written agreement.
- The Squamish Language Elders Authority.
- New books and audio/video materials developed Hussa: an audio cd to accompany the Hussa book completed last year.
- Ha7lh Stelmexw Kwilh , We come from goodpeople: a DVD produced about the Xwmelch’stn Etsimxw Skwul language program, with the children.
- Ha7lh Kwakwayel [Ta-ah’s Greeting of the Day]:a new children’s book.
- Etsim Skw’shim/Small Numbers: a YouTube Squamish language video resource.
More information on these scholarships can be obtained through our post-secondary education counselor. You can reach the education department via our contact page.
Richard Band Scholarship
Lois Guss Scholarship
Lena Jacobs Scholarship
Marion Jacobs Scholarship
- Post Secondary Policy (October 2017) (530KB PDF)
- Post Secondary Funding Application Package
(All three of these documents are required for application)
- Assessment (36KB PDF)
Deadline for submitting both the Public and Private K-12 school supports forms is May 31st. All applications will be reviewed and will be subject to the new policy. Check the website frequently for updates.
- K-12 Policy (October 2017) – (435KB PDF)
- School Support Form K5 – Grade 12 (130KB PDF)
- Travel / Allowance direct deposit authorization form (138KB PDF)
Please Note: All of the forms linked above are fillable PDF files. For these to work properly, please download them to your computer and open them using the latest version of Adobe Acrobat (version IX at the time of this writing).