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Land-Based Resources for Educators

The following resources have been collected and curated by the District Team and in partnership with the Indigenous Education Department in SD61. These resources are designed to support educators as they explore land-based learning with their classrooms, and the program Exploring the Salish Sea.

Lekwungen: Place to Smoke Herring Video (Oct 2020)

Lekwunden Tun’exw: Learning from the Land with Songhees Elder Butch Dick (Feb 4th 2021)

The Lekwungen peoples (Songhees and Esquimalt Nations) have lived on the south island for thousands of years, with well established and culturally distinct practices and relationships with the natural world. As educators and guests to the territory, it’s important that we acknowledge the original stewards of the land. From traditional welcomes to territorial acknowledgments, ecocultural restoration to individual location, the first panel of this Bentwood Box learning series will explore what it means to live, work and play on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen peoples.

John Harris Middle level webinar Series – Land Based Pedagogy including parts from interview with Butch Dick (Feb 2021)

Slides – Why do Land-based Learning with John Harris.pdf 

Weaving in Indigenous Learning: February Seaquaria Office Hour (Feb 2021)

Nuts’a’maat: We Are All One with Speaker John Harris ( February 2022)


Additional Videos

Alvarez, L., Chek News, (2018.10.12), Shoreline middle school students help prepare for first ever Coast Salish pit cook at Fort Rodd Hill. Retrieved 2019.11.05. Duration 1:42m Shoreline middle school students help prepare for first ever Coast Salish pit cook at Fort Rodd Hill  

Fisherman’s Wharf – Victoria Official, 2015-06-08, World Oceans Day Fishermans Wharf Victoria BC, Sea creature names in Lekwungen Dialect! Retrieved 2015.06.08 Duration 1:09m Video Link Here  

Sxwithul’txw, S., Channeldown2earth, 2010.06.18, Down2Earth 1.3 – Cheryl Bryce (Lekwammen) Retrieved 2019.11.05 Duration 6:25m 

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Printed Material

Bouchard, R. T., & Kennedy, D. (2008). Lekwungeeneng Classified Word List Version 1 (Master’s thesis, Victoria, March 31, 2008) (pp. 1-178). Victoria: First Peoples̓ Heritage, Language and Culture Council.

Bryce, C. (2014, February 28). [Cee Bee Salish Plant Names]. Unpublished raw data.

Gertz, D. B., Chemainus First Nation, Nanaimo First Nations, Nanoose First Nation, First Nations Education Services, & SD 68. (1997). Hulquminum Words, an English to Hulquminum and Hulquminum to English Dictionary. Retrieved June 7, 2019, from website: Hul’q’umi’num’ to English Dictionary – Indigenous Education 

Hulquminum Treaty Group. (2011). Ecosystem guide: a Hulquminum language guide to plants and animals of southern Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the Salish Sea. Ladysmith, BC.

Mitchell, M. R. (1968). A Dictionary of Songish, a Dialect of Straits Salish (Master’s thesis, University of Victoria, 1968) (pp. 1-146). Victoria: University of Victoria.

Montler, T. (2018). SENĆOŦEN: a Dictionary of the Saanich language. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria. (1999). Lekwungen Then & Now. Victoria, B.C. Download PDF here

Snively, G., & Williams, W. L. (2016). Knowing Home: Braiding Indigenous Science with Western Science, Book 1. Victoria, BC: University of Victoria. Download (Choose your format) pressbooks.bccampus.ca/knowinghome/