Welcome to our swiya

Welcome to our swiyaPresenter: hiwus (Calvin Craigan)


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 Nation neighbours, their history, struggles and aspirations in a uniquely Indigenous way. hiwus, known as Calvin Craigan to many of us, is a shíshálh elder, oral knowledge keeper, a hereditary chief of the shíshálh 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 the Beginning” will explain the history of the shíshálh people before contact with Europeans.  It will include 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 and Interruption” 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” will describe the efforts of the shíshálh people for independence leading to becoming the first Indigenous Nation in Canada to achieve self governance.

Vision for the Future” will describe the aspirations of the shíshálh people to live and work together with the settler community in ways that will benefit everyone.

Presenter: hiwus (Calvin Craigan)

Date and Times: Saturday & Sunday afternoons,
2:00 to 4:00, Sept 10 / 11 and Sept 24 /25

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.)

Cost – Free.  Open to Everyone – All Ages Welcome

People who registered for this event in 2021 will be given first opportunity to confirm they will attend by August 10, 2022.  Registration will be open to others starting August 15, 2022, on the ElderCollege website https://sunshinecoasteldercollege.ca/ .

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 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.   Note that the Longhouse will be open to outdoors on three sides during the presentation.  If public health guidelines dictate that the Longhouse venue is not suitable, the event may be held at the new outdoor amphitheatre and stage at Hackett Park in Sechelt.