In April 2018, Sumas First Nation generously hosted the Abbotsford School District for a day of celebration of student achievement, Halq'emeylem language and culture.
The day started with a Traditional Sto:lo Ceremony to honour our four grade 12 Aboriginal Role Models, Summer from Abbotsford Senior, Shianne from Robert Bateman Secondary, Jaxon from Yale Secondary and Cameron from Yale Secondary. These students were selected for their cultural pride, school success, leadership and service in their communities.
Over 40 students from Matsqui Elementary, Upper Sumas Elementary, WA Fraser Middle, Robert Bateman Secondary, Yale Secondary and Abbotsford Senior Secondary presented what they have been learning in Halq'emeylem. Their presentations were interactive and taught the audience of 500 students and community members new Halq'emeylem words, greetings and phrases. As part of the new Aboriginal Local Education Agreement, Halq'emeylem instruction is being supported in our schools.
The school district is grateful for the ongoing support of our Aboriginal communities: Matsqui and Sumas First Nation and the Fraser Valley Metis Association.