Thursday, February 12, 2015

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Hope & Healing

Alert Bay ceremony to mark demolition of infamous residential school, free local weaving

Released by Reconciliation Canada/Francine Douglas Stó:lō Gift Store


ational leaders and Anglican Church representatives will join residential school survivors, First Nations leaders and community members in a special ceremony to mark the demolition of St. Michael’s Indian Residential School next week – Wednesday, February 18, 2015 – at the residential school site in Alert Bay, British Columbia.


St. Michael’s survivor and Reconciliation Canada Ambassador Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, along with participants Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Regional Director General, BC Region, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada Eric Magnuson and BC Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould will be in attendance at this event.

This healing and celebration ceremony will provide school survivors with the opportunity to join together with political leaders, First Nations leaders and Anglican Church representatives to mark the passing of a dark era in history and look to the future with hope and optimism for healing and reconciliation.

When: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 10:00 am PST

Where: St. Michael’s Indian Residential School, Alert Bay, BC, Map to location:


Ey Swayel (Good Day)

Free weaving class at the SRC Feb 28

veryone is welcome to this FREE community cultural event at the Stó:lō Resource Centre Saturday February 28, 2015 from 11am to 3pm to hear the stories and teachings associated with Salish Weaving and to meet Frieda George, a local Salish Weaver from Squiala First Nation who will lead us in a Salish Weaving Community Project. This blanket will be housed at the SRC for all to enjoy.

Salish Weaving is a time honoured tradition within the Stó:lō Coast Salish territory. Traditionally, and still today, young girls are trained from an early age to be a weaver. The Salish blankets are used for ceremonial purposes and indicate honour, status and wealth.

• Everyone has an opportunity to weave
• Salmon and Bannock snacks by donation
• You are welcome to bring your own weaving to share
• Individual looms will be set up for people to practice techniques


RSVP to Stolo Cultural Tours here.



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