Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools recently hosted a land-based education conference on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nations. More than 100 people from school districts up and down the Island, attended the sessions. The conference focused on Indigenous land-based education which is an environmentally-focused approach to learning. Some of the teaching included the history of the land, traditional medicines, how to be good stewards of the land as well as recognizing the deep connection and relationship of Indigenous peoples to the land.
Participants enjoyed a performance by the Snuneymuxw Dancers and a Keynote from Carey Newman. One of Carey’s many influential works is the Witness Blanket which deals with the subject of Truth and Reconciliation. The Witness Blanket is part of the collection at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. It is made up of items collected from residential schools, churches and government buildings across Canada.