Student Profiles – September-October 2018

Evan Skye
Squamish Nation/ Cayuga of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy
Carson Graham Secondary School

Evan Skye descends from the Squamish Nation and the Cayuga people of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Evan is from the Wolf Clan, “Honegdedage kwi en kweshámin, Honegdedage is my Ancestral name and it means ‘Along the River.’”

Evan is currently in Grade 12 at Sp’ákw’us Skwúul-áwtxw, Carson Graham Secondary School, and is an accomplished athlete who played for Team B.C. in the 2017 North American Indigenous Games. Evan is currently participating in the inaugural class of the North Vancouver School District Lacrosse Academy, held at Carson Graham. Evan plays both field and box lacrosse.

Evan says that, “there is long history of lacrosse in my family so I play every chance that I get, it’s a part of my tradition, a part of my culture.”

Evan is very proud of his culture and ancestry and has learned the language, culture, songs and dance from a respected teacher and community member K’etximtn. Evan says that he holds these teachings close to his heart. “Nya:weh K’etximtn.” Evan wants to share these teachings as much as he can. Evan often welcomes guests and students to many events at his school and within the community. Evan has also recently completed the Cultural Facilitator Program at Cheakamus Centre. Carson Graham is very proud of Evan!

Source: School District 44

Samson Whitebear George
Windsor Secondary School

Samson, is a proud Indigenous young man, who has strong connections with both the Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nations. Samson is an outstanding student athlete who was awarded the Unsung Hero Award by his teammates. He plays for the Windsor Dukes Football team, AA Provincial Champions (2017) and is a key member of the rugby team. Samson is also a member of the Children of Takaya dance group from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and a cultural ambassador who has presented at many different events at the school and in the community. Samson is an exceptional role model for all members of the North Vancouver School District – educators and students.

Source: School District 44

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