I,TOTELṈEW̱,ÁUTW̱ - Learning House
Tsawout Learning House participants thoroughly enjoyed recreational activities arranged by Bonnie Joe. Panorama Swim Lessons for registered students were a “SPLASH!” Thank you Bonnie and Anthony Sam, Matthew Smith, Bobbie Sylvester and Kevin Wilson for overseeing the children at the pool. By the end of the swim sessions many children learned how to swim.
The majority of the cultural activities planned through funds available from the Anglican Church of Canada, Anglican Healing Fund have been completed. The month of May included GALS Group-Loom Beading with Adelynne Claxton, Salish Weaving of headbands and wristbands with Iona Mishael for all students and SENĆOŦEN Lessons by Ivy Seward and Gail Sam for all students. Thirty Looms were designed for Learning House by Peter Adams, and then 10 students and 2 staff participated in Salish Loom Weaving lessons with Elders: May Sam, Lavina Olsen and Iona Mishael. John Sampson Jr. with the support of staff and volunteers helped teach 30 students to make their own 8” hand drum. Once the students received their drums, Toby Joseph, attended Learning House to sing and drum with all the students. Anna Walkus continues to provide Cultural Activities for Learning House students 3 times a week. Most students took home beaded necklaces for Mother’s Day gifts. In collaborating with KELSET Elementary School, Anna Walkus also shared this lesson with a class of 30 grade 5 students.