FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Students from the Learning From the elders class at North Peace Secondary School are partnering with Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club to design signs showcasing local Indigenous knowledge.

The signs will be written and illustrated by students at the high school.

On March 15th, the students went to Beatton Park to gather information.

“We have a wonderful opportunity to connect education with community and make something that will last for years to come,” said their teacher, Tara Maloney.

“I think this is a great and practical way to show students that their voices matter and their experiences are and teachings are appreciated.”

The class is an Indigenous culture class for students in Grades 10 to 12 that focuses on place-based and hands-on learning that currently has 24 students, 19 of whom are Indigenous.

The students will be creating items to sell at the Mother’s Day Market at the Red Barn Eatery to fund future field trips, including a return to Beatton to install the signs.

NPSS is also hosting an Indigenous Learning Day on May 6th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with keynote presenter Liz Logan.

Liz Logan served four terms as chief of Fort Nelson First Nation, eight years as tribal chief of Treaty 8 Tribal Association, and is currently the executive director of Administration for Fort Nelson First Nation.

Many topics will be covered, including beading, fish scale art and Inuit storytelling.

There will be door prizes and a bagged lunch provided by Mary Jane’s Kitchen and Catering.

Shailynn Foster

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