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History of I,TOTELṈEW̱,ÁUTW̱

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I,TOTELṈEW̱,ÁUTW̱  is  located within the TSAWOUT Nation,  on the WSÁNEĆ Territory.

The purpose of I,TOTELṈEW̱,ÁUTW̱ - LEARNING HOUSE is to serve the children and youth of TSAWOUT First Nations, to provide healthy nutritional snacks and recreation, quality educational support that incorporates Culture and Tradition and to advocate to the schools of Saanich School District #63 and  ȽÁU,WEL,NEW Tribal School on behalf of the students and their relatives.

The goal of the program is to also provide a structured and safe environment that promotes respectfulness, responsibility, independence, cooperation, helpfulness and honesty by using our motto:  R.R.I.C.H.H.  By using this motto, I,TOTELṈEW̱,ÁUTW̱ helps to successfully motivate the children and youth, teaches teamwork, instills values and inspires students to become “Role Models.”

History of I,TOTELṈEW̱,ÁUTW̱  is “Learning House”

I,TOTELṈEW̱,ÁUTW̱ formally named “The Drop-In,” began in 2001 under TSAWOUT the Social Development department. It was attended by 10 students at elementary level. Over the next 10 years, it has expanded to include a full range of age groups and grade levels, from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and was renamed TSAWOUT After-School Program. The T.A.S.P. shifted its focus from movies and games to reading, writing and arithmetic and culturally appropriate crafts and included an introduction to SENĆOŦEN, the language of the WSÁNEĆ People.

As of 2012, I,TOTELṈEW̱,ÁUTW̱ has worked with over 125 youth in the WSÁNEĆ Community.  In 2011-2012 our registration was 101 students, with a daily average attendance of 40 students. In 2011, I,TOTELṈEW̱,ÁUTW̱ came under the  management of TSAWOUT Education Support Services as the TSAWOUT Youth Program and included early learners 4-6 years old, of the Head Start Program. The success of  I,TOTELṈEW̱,ÁUTW̱ can be measured in the attendance of the Head Start-4 years old, Kindergarten-5 years old and Grade 1-6 years old. In 2011, there were 22 children in this age group alone and it has continued to remain the same into 2013.

September 2012, the new name I,TOTELṈEW̱,ÁUTW̱ was given to the TSAWOUT Youth Program by SENĆOŦEN Language Apprentice and TSAWOUT Council Member, David Underwood. On April 1, 2013, TSAWOUT Youth Program officially made the name change from TSAWOUT Youth Program to TSAWOUT LEARNING HOUSE with the restructuring process, from TSAWOUT Employment and Education Service to TSAWOUT Health, Education and Social Services Department - HESS. The name change also helps alleviate the confusion with the TSAWOUT Recreation Department “Youth Program” planned activities.


  •     ȽÁU,WEL,NEW Elementary Tribal School
  •     ȽÁU,WEL,NEW Middle-High School
  •     Brentwood Elementary School
  •     ḰELSET Elementary School
  •     Bayside Middle School
  •     North Saanich Middle School
  •     Stelly’s Secondary School
  •     Parkland Secondary School
  •     Pacific Christian School
  •     Children’s’ Development Center

Daily Schedule:

Monday to Thursday 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  • 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm Snack and Recreation
  • 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm planned age appropriate activity
    • Recreation
    • Art-Craft
    • Computers
    • Homework
    • Guest Presentation

Daily Schedule:

Friday 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  •     2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Computers and Cultural Craft
  •     3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Snack
  •     3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Computers and Recreation

  Student Recognition:

  •     Daily
  •     Weekly
  •     Once a month
  •     Individual or as a Class effort
  •     Healthy treat, a movie, a swim pass
  •     Seasonal Celebrations
  •     “Year End Celebration” June
    •         R.R.I.C.H.H.
    •         Role Models
    •         Best Readers
    •         Most Improved Reader and Writer
    •         Teacher’s Helper
    •         Best Attendance
    •         Best SENCTOTEN Participants

  Staffing and Volunteers:

  •     Two certified teachers on staff, and trained teacher’s assistants for several years
  •     SENCOTEN Language Teacher 2011-2012.
  •     WSÁNEĆ  Elders
  •     WSÁNEĆ Cultural Resource Persons
  •     Collaboration  TSAWOUT Head Start Program & Recreation Department

    Practicum Students:

  • UVic Nursing and Educational Departments
  • UVic Indigenous Language Revitalization of
  • Indigenous Education
  • Byte Camp Programs with Computer Claymation
  • W.I.S.H. (Weaving in Spirit and Health) with Turtle Talk, Mary Manning Foundation

Stephanie H. Adams
Office Hours: 9:30 am - 2:30 pm, Learning House Supervision: 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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