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Phoenix Middle School Celebrates Connection and Culture at Elders & Youth Gathering

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A sample of the books and activities that were placed on each table.

On May 1, École Phoenix Middle School held its second annual Elders & Youth Gathering, an event that is quickly becoming a cherished tradition within the school community. The gathering began with a traditional welcome from Chief Roberts of the Wei Wai Kum First Nation, setting a tone of respect and cultural reverence.

This event is one way that Phoenix Middle School is building connection between students and elders from various Indigenous communities, including Wei Wai Kum, We Wai Kai, and Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council, among others. It is a platform for intergenerational exchange and mutual learning, aligning with the district’s strategic priority of honouring Indigenous world views and perspectives.

Approximately 150 students volunteered to take part in the event and there was no shortage of enthusiasm. Starting even with the event invites, students decided to bake 300 cookies and personally deliver them as invitations to the elders. 

During the event, students served coffee and tea, accompanied by snacks, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere, while other students asked to be placed at tables to engage directly with elders. The tables were set with a variety of crafts and activities designed to spark conversation and connection between the youth and the elders. 

The number of students who voluntarily stepped forward to participate in some way with this event showed their respect, appreciation, and their eagerness to engage with the wisdom the elders bring.

The Elders & Youth Gathering is about making sure that Indigenous communities feel welcome in our shared schools. By nurturing relationships and continuing such meaningful traditions, École Phoenix Middle School is not only honoring the past but also paving the way to ensure that cultural awareness and respect is a foundation of their school community.

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