s7ulh wa nexwniw̓éyalh
Our Ways of Education

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Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Name:  s7ulh wa nexwniw̓éyalh (Our Ways of Education)
s7ulh wa nexwniw̓éyalh speaks to the oral advises from our family, that is put inside our hearts and minds from a young age. 

Reclaiming Education - Community Vote December 1, 2022

We are taking back control over the education of our children. As a Nation, we must vote yes and approve these 2 documents in order for us to reclaim control of our preschool to Grade 12 community education:

1. Process for how our Education Law will be developed and approved (Education Law-Making Protocol)

2. An education agreement with Canada (Jurisdiction Agreement)

Once our Nation has voted yes, we can start developing our own education system and law—one that is uniquely Sḵwx̱wú7mesh.

Questions? Contact us: reclaiming.education@squamish.net

Benefits to Reclaiming Education

Our Children
Our children will be taught based on a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh worldview and grow up confident in our culture and values, which will improve our graduation rate.
Our Curriculum
We will return to Sḵwx̱wú7mesh ways of education with:
• More culture
• Land-based learning
• Sḵwx̱wú7mesh ways of knowing
Our Language and Culture
We will promote, protect, and revitalize our language and culture.
Our Teachers
We will qualify our own teachers, working within a qualification process.
Our Future
We will never again have our children's education taken away from us.

Timeline to Reclaiming Education

Preparing to vote...
Community Engagement
Engage with community and Council. Develop the Education Law-Making Protocol.
Preparing to vote...
Voting Day
Vote yes if you want to reclaim control over our preschool to Grade 12 community education.
If we vote YES...
Shaping our Education System
Begin the work of developing our Nation's Education Law through ongoing community consultation.
If we vote YES...
We begin educating our community, our way.
Now - November 2022
December 1, 2022
December 2022 onwards
September 2023

Why is Reclaiming Education Important?

Residential schools aimed to take our language, culture and heritage from us and we have been working to overcome that and reclaim our community’s right to educate our children, our way. Now we have an opportunity to take back control of our community education from preschool to Grade 12.

By overseeing our education system, we can make decisions in the best interest of our learners. This is our chance to return to Sḵwx̱wú7mesh ways of education and work as a community to build an education system that promotes, protects, and revitalizes our language and culture.

Our children will be taught based on Sḵwx̱wú7mesh worldview and will grow up confident in their values and heritage.

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