Dear Community Members:

There will be a meeting held in the Haisla Community School on Tuesday, January 26,
2010 in the community room at 2:00 p.m  We would like to invite all those interested in
helping with our language and cultural program. You do not necessarily have to teach a class and you do not have to speak Haisla fluently. If you have skills to share but you are not comfortable “teaching” the school staff is more than willing to help with this.
Some of the skills you may wish to share may be:

  • Cedar bark weaving
  • Storytelling
  • Carving
  • Dancing
  • Storytelling
  • Singing
  • Fishing
  • History of oolichan fishing
  • Beading
  • Feast system
  • Smoking fish
  • Haisla traditional medicines
  • Place names
  • Traditional foods: how to gather, prepare, store
  • Canning fish
  • Seasonal activities: fishing, hunting, and gathering

Within the classrooms and the Cimoca Day Care, we would like to have a number of fluent speakers come to teach a variety of expressions in Haisla: greetings, commands and questions. In the Day care centre, it will be a matter of participating in the activities and speaking Haisla to the children while you are there. We would like the children to have an opportunity to get to know our community members, particularily our Elders,

“The Keepers of our Culture”.

*Each person visiting the classrooms must have completed a criminal record
The school will be hosting a feast as well. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. More information with this project will be coming soon.  If you are not able to attend the meeting but would like to participate, please call me at 250-639-9361 ext: 216

Yours truly,

Wendy Bolton