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Siwal Si'wes, Indigenous Education Department, SD75



About Siwal Si’wes, Our Forefathers’ Teachings

SWSW logo.jpgIl stl’i kw’els spipetstexw kw’eset ite xwelmexwelh stexwlaq temxwe’s ye Stó:lō mestiyexw.

We acknowledge that, as learning partners of Mission Public School District, we humbly work and learn on the Traditional, Ancestral, Unsurrendered, and Shared lands of the Stó:lō people, of Leq'á:mel, Semá:th, Máthxwi, Sq'éwlets, and Qwó:ltl'el​, stewards of this land since time immemorial. We acknowledge members of Indigenous groups whose ancestors originated on traditional Turtle Island (lands now known as Canada) outside of Stó:lō territory and who currently reside on Stó:lō lands, and all Indigenous Peoples of Mother Earth.

Nous reconnaissons qu’en tant que partenaires d’apprentissage du conseil scolaire de Mission, nous travaillons et apprenons humblement sur les terres traditionnelles, ancestrales, non-cédées et partagées du peuple Stó:lō , des nations  Leq'á:mel, Semá:thMáthxwiSq'éwlets and Qwó:ltl'el​, qui sont les habitants de cette terre depuis des temps immémoriaux.

Mission Public School District 75 appreciates the vital role of all Indigenous peoples, groups, organizations and associations residing within the lands of Leq'á:mel, Semá:thMáthxwi, Sq'éwlets and Qwó:ltl'el and those residing in Mission, and involved in and/or connected to and to:

Fraser Valley Métis Association
Métis Nation of BC
Lower Stat’limx Nations
Mission Friendship Centre
Future 4 Nations Preschool
Members of the Inuit Community
Members of Indigenous groups whose ancestors originated on traditional Turtle Island territories (the lands which are now known as Canada) and who currently reside on Stó:lō lands

We also acknowledge the traditional teachings of Elders and the wisdom and sharing of Indigenous Culture.

Halq'eméylem is the language of this land and of Stó:lō ancestors. The place from where Halq’eméylem (Upriver dialect) originates is Leq’á:mel. The language comes from the land, and it has been this way since time immemorial.​

The Story of Siwal Si'wes

In the late 1980's, Agnes Giesbrecht, Robert Charlie and Virginia Joe met to discuss the creation of a vision for the Indigenous Department of Mission Public School System. Heather Hansson (former District Counsellor for Indigenous Youth) and Mel Jack (former Indigenous Liaison Worker) requested self- taught Kwakwaka'wakw artist, the late Roy J. Hanuse, to create a design that would capture and portray the Indigenous Department of Mission Public Schools 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 gifted 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).

Our Mission

Working as a community, we will enhance student empowerment by developing the skills, wellness, confidence, and self-reliance necessary for our children and youth to flourish and prosper throughout their life journey.

Our Vision

Recognizing and nurturing strengths, students will thrive as individuals, thus contributing to the well-being of their families and communities while preserving tradition.

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.

SD75 Indigenous Cultural Safety  Humility and Competency Guide (Click to read)

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Siwal Si'wes, Indigenous Education Department, SD75

​​Contact Info: 

32444 7th Avenue
Mission, BC V2V 2B5
Tel: 604-826-3103 Fax: 604-820-2850
District Principal of Indigenous Education: Vivian Searwar 
District Vice-Principal of Indigenous Education: Angela Magon
Admin Assistant: Marcy Buell​