Vision: We have a vision of a Secwepemc-speaking community living in balance with nature

Principle 1: K̓wseltktnéws

We believe that:

All beings are related

All beings are equal

We have a responsibility to each other and the earth and therefore need to be mindful of our thoughts, beliefs and actions

The school has a responsibility to nurture, educate and develop the value of k̓wseltktnéws

The strength of our Nation is based on knucwetwecw, maintaining strong family connections and sense of community

Families are important for nurturing, educating and developing healthy Secwepemc children

K̓wseltktnéws Practice #1

All beings are related

  • • Continuous and daily exposure/experience with the natural world
  • • Develop knowledge of the natural world: its patterns and cycles, systems, interconnectedness
  • • Storytelling (animism, all earth consists of sentient beings)
  • • Establish learning outcomes that contribute to real life issues and that assist in the continuation of Secwepemc traditions

K̓wseltktnéws Practice #2

All beings are equal

  • • Demonstrate the cycle of life/cause and effect interdependency of humans
  • • Establish an environment of respect, tolerance and personal responsibility
  • • Develop an awareness of the human impact (footprint) on the earth and promote less damaging alternatives and sustainability of all life systems
  • • Understand the role of the different beings on the earth
  • • Develop respect for all beings and life forms and teach that we are all equal

K̓wseltktnéws Practice #3

We have a responsibility to each other and the earth

  • • Understand the meaning of relation and interrelationship
  • • Develop skills of friendship, tolerance, fairplay, sharing and nurturing
  • • Develop a sense of knucwetwecw, a responsibility to each other within the school,family and community
  • • Develop a sense of responsibility to all beings within the natural world
  • • Model environmentally sound practices throughout all school activities, i.e. reduce, re-use, recycling, composting, etc.

K̓wseltktnéws Practice #4

The school has a responsibility to nurture, educate and develop the value of k̓wseltktnéws

  • • Establish routines and activities that promote unity amongst the school community
  • • Actively promote healthy relationships amongst students and within the school community
  • • Promote and maintain sustainable and environmentally responsible school practices

K̓wseltktnéws Practice #5

The strength of our Nation is based on strong family connections and sense of community

  • • Identify the meaning of family
  • • Demonstrate the concept of unity
  • • Develop skills of friendship, tolerance, fairplay, sharing and nurturing
  • • Understand family history, Secwepemc kinship terms and genealogy
  • • Establish and maintain positive relationships with the wider community and the public
  • • Promote health and well-being within the school and community

K̓wseltktnéws Practice #6

Families are important for nurturing, educating and developing healthy Secwepemc children

  • • Provide educational resources and training to assist families in developing stronger parenting skills
  • • Promote parental engagement in their students’ education
  • • Articulate the role of parents within their children’s education
  • • Provide workshops, educational resources and opportunities to parents on healthy living and eating

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