Current News and Activities from Around the District

Métis Cultural Days


Cowichan Valley Metis Nation and the School District team up and put on an annual Metis Cultural Week.  The Metis Cultural was held at Bright Angel Park May 7th-12th. The Camp organizers and volunteers work hard to put together an amazing cultural day (all week) for the students. Grade 5 students from around the district  participated in a full day field trip and rotated through a series of 6 stations.

Cowichan Territory Cultural Tour

Teachers and Support staff participated in a wonderful day to raise their cultural awarness. Facilitated by Tim Kulchyski and Debbie Modeste participants traveled up Mt. Prevost, to Cowichan Bay, and to the Stone Church to see the territory of the Cowichan People and hear how their history connects them to the land.  We were treated to a traditional lunch of salmon, elk, oysters and octopus at the Somena Big House.

Cowichan Valley Open Learning Cooperative’s Annual Art Show

On Thursday, April 19,
Excellent Frameworks, 28 Station Street, is hosting the opening of Cowichan Valley Open Learning Cooperative’s Annual Art Show

The opening reception, from 11:00 – 2:30, is a celebration of our students’ many talents including live music and catering.
The exhibition, which runs from April 19 – May 5, features original photographs and artwork by CVOLC students. This year’s show also has a strong First Nations component with a Coast Salish influence. Some of the artwork and photographs will be available for purchase.

Chemainus Dance Showcase
We are very proud of the involvement  of the First Nations students in the Dance program at Chemainus Secondary.




The CHSS Dance Program put on their annual Dance Showcase to an over-sold crowd on Thursday, January 19, 2012.  The Showcase highlighted all of the work students had spent over the course of the semester learning dances from Miss Lane in styles ranging from hip hop, to jazz through to lyrical and modern.  The audience’s energy was palpable and the dancers performed at an incredible level of professional quality that left the audience thoroughly excited!
Photos courtesy of Stephen Lane

Southern School Family Gathering


On December 12th our Southern family of schools hosted an Aboriginal student and family holiday gathering. This was a great opportunity for our school staff, students and families to come together meet/greet and celebrate for the holiday season!  Entertainment and Drumming and Singing was be provided by Robert George and Lawrence Joe and Dancers from Chemainus and Crofton.

24/7 Comes to Southern Schools

Frances Kelsey and George Bonner Students have been participating in an after school physical activity program called 24/7. Twenty Four Seven (24/7) is run by coach Dave Warbeck. This past summer, he worked with Malahat students and they were glad to have him back this school  year this school year.  The program is every Tuesday after school held at George Bonner. Students have been motivated and committed to learning and practicing skills and games such as hockey, badminton, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, dodge-ball and soccer, just to name a few. Students have had the opportunity to work with wrestling trainer and coach Nick Brant. Brant has been working as a trainer for many years and has taken his wrestling team to participate in the North American Indigenous Games in previous years. He is excited to work with youth whom are interested in starting to train for the next up coming 2014 Games!

Spear Fishing at Quamichan
We recently took a group of 20 girls on a spear fishing field trip.  Ten First Nations girls each asked a non-First Nations, hwunitum’, girl to join her on the trip.  The non-First Nations girls didn’t know what to expect, but most were excited about this rare opportunity.   Louis Sylvester and Denis Joe were our “instructors” for this event and many girls gave it a whirl and tried throwing the spear.  Denis was able to spear one salmon, and everyone was thoroughly impressed by his skill and technique!  The girls then wanted their opportunity to catch fish.  They all ended up wadding through the creek spearing and netting the salmon.  The girls quickly learned that with a little teamwork they could outsmart the salmon, corralling them into shallow waters and grab the fish with their bare hands!  This experience taught the girls that they share more in common with each other then they realized at first glance.  Understanding and respect for each other was introduced, and new friendships have begun to form.