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Our Goal of Reconciliation

To support the Board of Education’s goal of Reconciliation, a Reconciliation Advisory Committee (Syeyutsus Family) was formed with the purpose to develop a Reconciliation Policy and Framework for reconciliation across the district, using a process that is culturally relevant, sensitive and significant.

The Syeyutsus Family includes representation from:

  • Ron Poitra, Mid-Island Metis Nation
  • Grace Nielsen, Tillicum Lelum Friendship Centre
  • Joan Brown, Snuneymuxw First Nation
  • Lawrence Mitchell, Snaw-Naw-As First Nation
  • George Seymour, Stz’uminus First Nation
  • Stephanie Higginson & Bill Robinson, Trustees
  • Denise Wood, President, NDTA
  • Jamie Smith, Executive, CUPE
  • Leana Pellegrin, Executive, DPAC
  • Ted Cadwallader, Director of Instruction, Indigenous Learning
  • Scott Saywell, Superintendent
  • Tim Davie, Deputy Superintendent
  • Stephanie Johnson, Syeyutsus Saays’um (one that does the work to support walking together)


Syeyutsus Reconciliation Policy 

Please note, this video has been adapted to honour and respect Coast Salish Traditions. In Coast Salish traditions, there is a 4-year period where no pictures, or mention of a loved one who has passed away. Once the 4 years have past, there is a huge pot latch, celebration where pictures will be shared.

The Reconciliation Policy | Syeyutsus “Walking Together”

Read it or Watch it below

 *The Reconciliation Committee Defines the Syeyutsus Policy

The Syeyutsus Family shares their thoughts:

Harvey Seymour shares Syeyutsus from his lens as Stz’uminus Knowledge Keeper

Jamie Smith shares Syeyutsus from her lens representing CUPE

Denise Wood shares Syeyutsus from her lens representing the NDTA


Leana Pellegrin shares Syeyutsus from her lens representing the DPAC