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I,TOTELṈEW̱,ÁUTW̱ - Learning House Update

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JÁN ÍY, SȻÁEL E TIÁ - It's a good day today! Every day is a Good Day spent with the children and youth of LEARNING HOUSE. If you have not volunteered, you are missing the fun and energy of the young ones. 

Reminder of Schedule for your child(ren)'s attendance at LEARNING HOUSE:

Monday to Thursday, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm; Friday, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Thank you for picking up your child(ren) promptly, this is very much appreciated.

Monday to Thursday, 5:00 pm; Friday, 4:00 pm

Children 4 years old, who are used to being in a structured setting, are invited to attend TSAWOUT LEARNING HOUSE.


On March 22nd Kevin Synder completed the first DVD Documentation for Anglican Healing Fund and reproduced tape “I Can Speak SENCOTEN” onto CD.  Mrs. Adams will continue with documentation of all cultural activities to submit with a final report to Healing Response Committee of the Anglican Church of Canada  who approved a $15,000.00 grant in January, towards I,TOTELṈEW̱,ÁUTW̱ - Learning House Cultural Awareness Project.  Anglican Fund for Healing and Reconciliation planning of cultural activities continues for the TSAWOUT LEARNING HOUSE through to June 2013.

On March 25th and 27th, John Sampson Jr. provided Drum Making lessons for LEARNING HOUSE. All but the smell of wet deer hide appealed to the youth and 30 - 8” drums were made.

On March 26th, Turtle Talk facilitators kicked off TURTLE TALK by reintroducing "TUCKER THE TURTLE” with a YouTube video on anti-bullying. Kelly Montgomery, Maggiie Reidy of Mary Manning Center and Sandra Lacroix, TSAWOUT Youth Counsellor, along with Chris Jim will resume sessions with the grade 2-4 students in the TSAWOUT Auditorium from 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm. The theme is Anti-Bullying and topics will include social, emotional and physical bullying, how to be a good friend, skills for combating bullying, dealing with feelings, how to stand up for self and others and problem solving. The last session on June 4th will be a TURTLE TALK TEA for the family and community members.

April 1, 2013 TSAWOUT Youth Program name changed 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 activities planned by Bonnie Joe.

On April 2nd Wayne-O Sam, Johnny Underwood and Dave Underwood provided a LACROSSE Lesson with our new TSAWOUT Youth Program Lacrosse Gear purchased with Anglican Healing Fund, for the TSAWOUT Youth Program. Every opportunity we get, you can see the youth in the gym enjoying their equipment. Unfortunately, the youth-sized jerseys are quite big. None-the-less, they are worn proudly.

At LEARNING HOUSE, we are always reminded to honour our promise that we signed with the students, to ÍY NEȻEL SW HÁLE Be Good to Each Other. LEARNING HOUSE staff attended a very informative Workshop on Lateral Violence 9:00 am - 3:30 pm on April 2nd.

I know if you did not see the SYNERGY Skipping Presentation in the TSAWOUT Gymnasium on April 4th, you missed watching our own TSAWOUT Skippers: Abigail and Ruth Underwood. They were amazing!  The coaches and skippers of SYNERGY spent additional time teaching LEARNING HOUSE students and staff some terrific moves. 

On April 8th, the Recreation Department planned Panorama Swim Lessons for registered youth. There were 32 LEARNING HOUSE participants with support Anthony Sam, Matthew Smith, Bobbie Sylvester and Kevin Wilson. Come April 15th, more Swimming & Splashing at Panorama with 35 youth. Swimming will continue on Monday April 22nd, 29th, May 6th, and May 13th.

Thank you Kelly Paul for the invite to attend a GEMS Workshop on Bear Mountain. There was another GEMS Workshop on Tuesday, April 23rd at the TSAWOUT Auditorium. I learned to discover “What GEM I am”. I am learning the art of Relating, Communicating, Understanding, and Motivating people of all personality types. Visit Liveitbydesign.com for more information.

I remember when I was 12 and a special lady named Nelly Pelkey taught me how to Loom Bead. Another special lady, on April 17th Elder, Adelynne Claxton will begin Loom Beading Lessons with G.A.L.S. supported by Tabita Marks, continuing April 24th, May 1st, May 15th This is opportunity is provided through the Anglican Fund for Healing and Reconciliation.

I apologize for cultural activities that did not go as planned for March, which had to be postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. Events for April included: 

  • April 18th Fire Safety House
  • April 24th Pamela Bourque First Nation Doll Making Workshop
  • April 25th Helen Close Art Teacher Spring Art

May LEARNING HOUSE activities include:

  • May 2nd - Iona Mishael, Salish Weaving of Headbands from 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm for all youth.
  • May 8th - Ivy Seward, SENĆOŦEN Language Lesson from 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm.
  • May 9th - Gail Sam, SENĆOŦEN Language Lesson from 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm.
  • May 22nd - Lavina Olsen and May Sam, Salish Loom Weaving from 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm for Gr. 4/5+ students.
  • Tuesday, TURTLE TALK Sessions; May 7th ,14th, 21st and 28th from 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm in the Auditorium.

New Volunteers and Tutors who have joined us in April include Carla Hunt, Lorrie Scott, Napeyo Odekenekisses and Bobbie Sylvester. If you have not volunteered, you are missing the fun and energy of the young ones. Parents and relatives are more than welcome to join your children, especially when they try their hands at making cultural crafts.

HAPPY SPRING....Hoping for more sunshine and Warm Weather!

Stephanie H. Adams

I,TOTELṈEW̱,ÁUTW̱ - Learning House

TSAWOUT Youth Program Coordinator

(250) 652-9101 ext. 332

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