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February 15, 2019
Okanagan Indigenous Perspectives

You're invited to join Rose Caldwell, SD67 Okanagan Language Teacher, and Anona Kampe, SD67 Cultural Advisor for an afternoon of OKANAGAN INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES.

Enjoy some mountain tea upon arrival (a medicinal tea harvested in this territory).  Rose and Anona will share visual tools that can be used in the classroom.  Listen to a traditional story about Lazy Boy and discuss from the perspectives of the Four Food Chiefs how the teachings within the story are relevant today.  Learn some Okanagan words and their meaning.  Hear about the Okanagan calendar and its significance in this territory.

Date:  February 15th, 2019

Time:  12:30 – 3 pm

Location:  PSS room 119

RSVP:  Virginia Powell


February 15, 2019 

Library Professional Learning Workshop - Indigenous Resources

Presented by:  Loraleigh Epp, Library Technician of Aboriginal Education In Abbotsford School District; Pam Spooner, Okanagan-Skaha District Principal of Aboriginal Education; Kathy Pierre, Penticton Indian Band Director of Education and Okanagan-Skaha Board of Education Trustee; and Connie Waters, Penticton Indian Band Adult Education teacher and band elder.

Engage with Indigenous knowledge keepers, educational leaders, and resources to enhance your understanding and knowledge of practices that advance reconciliation in the places where you live, learn, and work.

Date:  February 15th, 2019

Time:  8:30 am– 3 pm

Location:  PSS Library

RSVP:  Virginia Powell


April 15, 2019 

Indigenous Drum/Drum Beater Making Session

Are you interested in having your own Indigenous drum for your classroom? Join Pam Spooner, District Principal of Indigenous Education and Anona Kampe, Cultural Advisor for SD 67 and learn to make your own authentic drum and drum beater. Pam will also share some Indigenous songs to use in class with students. Come join these two members of the Indigenous Education team for a fun, creative, authentic learning experience – one that you can incorporate into your daily class routine!

Facilitators: Pam Spooner & Anona Kampe

Date: Monday April 15th, 2019

Time: 12:30 – 3:00 PM

Location: SLMS shop

Cost/Supplies: $100 per person

Sign Up Required: On or before March 15th 2019. Contact Virginia Powell at

Participants: Limited capacity. Room for approximately 30. Sign up early to guarantee your space.


April 15, 2019 

Indigenous Perspectives on Water

Spend the morning at Sun Oka Beach with SD67 Okanagan Language teacher, Rose Caldwell and SD67 Cultural Advisor, Anona Kampe.  In our circle, Rose will share the Okanagan Nation Water Declaration.  Anona will share expropriated land stories and what that means for Okanagan People.  Rose will share a water ceremony and explain why we practice ceremony.  Hear stories about our relationship with Okanagan Lake and the water being that lives in it.  Find out ways you can share knowledge by exposing your students to nature and engaging their senses.

Date: Monday April 15th, 2019

Time: 8:30 - 8:45 meet at Pen Hi, carpool to Sun Oka

Session: 9:15 - 11:45 AM

Location: Meet at Pen Hi Parking Lot and carpool from there.  Please bring your camping chair for our circle at Sun Oka Beach.  Dress for the weather; we are going rain or shine.

Contact:  Anona Kampe -


May 3, 2019 

Our Relationship with Water

Join Pamela Barnes of Wildrose Traditionals, and Tanis Gieselman of the Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program to learn respectful ways of incorporating Okanagan Indigenous knowledge and perspectives, and the importance of water conservation, into your classroom activities.  Teachers will learn how to utilize outdoor education activities to achieve these goals.

It is recommended that participants wear clothing and shoes they are comfortable going outdoors in.

Date:  May 3, 2019

Time:  9:00 - 11:30

Location:  IMC

RSVP:  Virginia Powell