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Siwal Si'wes - Indigenous Education

About Siwal Si’wes (Our Forefathers’ Teachings) Indigenous Education

Mission Public Schools has an Indigenous Advisory Council, Siwal Si’wes Advisory Council that consists of School District staff, School Board , First Nation Representatives, and Community Members. All Indigenous parents are welcome to attend. The meetings are held at the School Board Office at 11:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of every month.

About Indigenous Education

In 1994 the Ministry of Education established targeted funding for students with Indigenous ancestry to address the specific needs of Indigenous students. Through these funds School Districts worked together with Indigenous communities to establish programs and services for Indigenous students and families.

Mission Statement

To work collaboratively with all schools to ensure that Indigenous students are successful in Mission Public Schools. While promoting and respecting the traditional territory of the Sto:lo People, we help foster an awareness and respect for all Indigenous peoples for all students and staff in Mission Public Schools.

The Story of Siwal Si'wes

In the late 1980's, Heather Hansson (former District Counsellor for Indigenous ) and Mel Jack (former Indigenous Liaison Worker) requested self taught Kwakwaka'wakw artist, the late Roy Hanuse, to create a design that would capture and portray the Indigenous department of Mission Public School District 75.

Once Roy completed the design, Mel and Heather then enlisted Dr. Gwen Point, who, in collaboration Elders from Coqualeetza, named the design. The design was then given the name Siwal Si'wes: Our Forefathers' Teachings. A traditional ceremony was held at Fraserview Elementary School (now Fraserview Learning Centre) to celebrate the naming, with the Honourable Steven Point as the speaker of the house.  

(Information received from Mel Jack & Heather Hansson, February 2020). 

Siwal Si’wes and Mission Public School –Indigenous Enhancement Agreement

November 13, 2007 was a monumental day for Mission Public Schools as they signed their first Indigenous Enhancement Agreement to improve Indigenous student success in the Public Education System. The Mission Board of Education, Indigenous leaders and representatives from the Ministry celebrated the signing along with students, staff and community members.

Siwal Si’wes Enhancement Agreement 2007 - 2012         Siwal Si'wes Enhancement Agreement - 2014 - 2019            Q'pethet Ye Telexw FINAL 3 October 2020.pdf

Siwal Si'wes Guide for New MPSD Staff - 2018.pdf          Annual Report 2018 2019 Final.pdf

Beading for Beginners with Susan O'Soup

Halqemeylem with Pipte

The Secret Pocket with Peggy Janicki

National Indigenous Peoples' Day 2020:

Please enjoy a message from Elders Cheryl Gabriel and Lekeyton from Kwantlen First Nation:

Part One:

National Indigenous People's Day 2020

A message from Kwantlen First Nation Elders: Cheryl Gabriel and Lekeyten. Part Two:

Part Two:

National Indigenous People's Day 2020 (Part Two)

A message from Kwantlen First Nation Elders: Cheryl Gabriel and Lekeyten.

Click here for  Siwal Si'wes Digital Library

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