Welcome to our swiya


Presenter: hiwus Calvin Craigan

We are not currently accepting registrations for this course because it has either a) been cancelled/rescheduled or b) already started.

It is with great regret that we have to inform you that due to the changing Covid-19 Pandemic situation, this course is POSTPONED to Spring 2022

Recent events have forced all of us to face the fact that reconciliation with Indigenous Canadians is necessary. Education and personal connections are an obvious way to help achieve reconciliation.“Welcome to our swiya” provides our community an opportunity to learn about our shíshálh Nationneighbours, their history, struggles and aspirations in a uniquely Indigenous way. hiwus, known asCalvin Craigan to many of us, is a shíshálh elder, oral knowledge keeper, a hereditary chief of theshíshálh Nation and the youngest Indigenous chief ever elected in Canada.  hiwus will tell us the story of the shíshálh people in four storytelling sessions in the shíshálh Nation Longhouse.   “In theBeginning” will explain the history of the shíshálh people before contact with Europeans.  It willinclude the history of hiwus’ family, his family lineage, the history of the shíshálh people, culture, language, and way of successfully governing and sustaining themselves. “Interference andInterruption” will describe how, over many decades, settler culture and ways of governing interrupted and interfered with the shíshálh people in very damaging ways. “Struggle for Independence” willdescribe the efforts of the shíshálh people for independence leading to becoming the first IndigenousNation in Canada to achieve self governance.  “Vision for the Future” will describe the aspirations ofthe shíshálh people to live and work together with the settler community in ways that will benefit everyone.

Presenter: hiwus (Calvin Craigan)

Four Saturday afternoons Sept.18 & 25, Oct.9 & 16        2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Prior to the first session, please review the introductory video at https://vimeo.com/554919689

Film made by Digi Majou aka Joah Lui, Produced by Deer Crossing the Art Farm, with funding from Canada Council of the Arts and BC Arts Council.

Venue: shíshálh First Nation Longhouse if health guidelines allow. (Note: that the Longhouse seating is hard, and you may wish to bring a cushion.)  Three sides of the Longhouse can be opened up to make it essentially an outdoor space. Dress accordingly.

Cost – Free.                      Open to Everyone – All Ages Welcome

Donations will be gratefully accepted at the final session.  Funds collected will be used to defray direct costs, with all remaining funds donated to a charity chosen by “syiyaya Reconciliation Movement”.

EdlerCollege wishes to thank the “syiyaya Reconciliation Movement” for co-sponsoring this event and the shíshálh Nation for inviting the community to their Longhouse to listen and learn.

This event will follow all BC Government and shíshálh Nation Health Orders and Guidelines.  We highly recommend that masks be worn in the indoor space.