Chief Atahm School is a parent-operated school that is administered by the Adams Lake Indian Band. Staff, parents, and Elders work collectively to offer the best program possible that adheres to the school's vision and philosophy. The Secwepemc immersion program began in 1987 when a small group of parents from the surrounding bands, Adams Lake Band, Neskonlith and Little Shuswap, worked together to start a language nest for children from birth to five years old. This language nest was the first to start up in the province of B.C. and was inspired by the Maori Te Kohanga Reo initiative. The Secwepemc Ka Language Nest led to the development of Chief Atahm School in 1991.
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