Aam ji luu-x̱hln̓aa-t'aatgwin Student newsletter | May 29, 2020

Welcome to another issue of Aam ji luu-x̱hln̓aa-t'aatgwin.

Each week we focus on an Indigenous language in our region. This week we will focus on more of the Nisga'a language.

Please share with us how you are keeping up with your studies through remote delivery. How you are keeping active? How you are entertaining your kids? etc. Be sure to contact your local FNAC about our first VIRTUAL Cedar Weaving Class coming up on June 2 to 4th.

We would love share information on sites you may have found to offer free e-books, online music concerts and more in our next issue.

Please contact us! We would love to hear from you.

Jillian Stephens, Terrace jstephens@coastmountaincollege.ca

Veronica Waechter, Terrace vwaechter@coastmountaincollege.ca

Sharon Oskey, Prince Rupert soskey@coastmountaincollege.ca

Kellie Nyce, Hazelton knyce@coastmountaincollege.ca

Katie Humphrey, Smithers khumphrey@coastmountaincollege.ca

Left to right: Veronica Waechter, Jillian Stephens, Kellie Nyce, Katie Humphrey & Sharon Oskey

Cedar Weaving with Val Morgan

June 2 - 4 | online

Join us for a virtual series of cedar harvesting and preparation!

Val Morgan facilitates this series where we will learn the sacred teachings of cedar, how to harvest and how to make a cedar basket.

Cedar kits will be made available. You must register to participate and space is limited.

Contact your local FNAC to sign up!

Visiting with Jiits

Jiits knows that you might be feeling luu-sihlguuÍ-di afraid or insecure during this time. Jiits would tell you simgit wilsim̓̓ be steadfast.

To help lift your spirits, Jiits Rosie Robinson from Gitlaxt’aamiks share this song to remind you to keep washing your hands! Take a moment to enjoy this Nisga'a love song.

There are many resources to help learn Nisga’a language when you are ready. Nisga’a Elders and their Council of Elders have worked hard to promote and preserve the traditional language. Nisga'a is currently taught in School District #92 from K to 12. In our Nisga'a villages of Gingolx, Laxgalts'ap, and Gitlaxt'aamiks (formerly New Aiyansh), over 300 people are fluent Nisga'a speakers. In the smaller village of Gitwinksihlkw, over 60 people are fluent speakers. Learn more about the Nisga’a Nation by visiting this website. You will find information on self-government, Ayuukw (traditional Nisga’a Law), tourism, stories from the land, language, and more!

Nisga'a language classes for adults are offered through Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a Institute. The language classes come with a variety of books and CDs to keep learning at home. You can also connect with your urban local in Terrace, Prince Rupert/Port Edward and Vancouver to see if there are classes available.

A language app titled Nisga'a is archived on FirstVoices.com. It is a media rich bilingual dictionary with 3,875 words and 1,041 phrases. You can also find a Nisga’a language app through Apple Store or Google Play.

Check out this video about the Nisga’a language revitalization. Da dip hooxhl lip algaxaḿ ii aamhl hli naxńadit! When we speak our language, it sounds so good!

Grab a partner or little one and check out the Nisga'a Language Youtube Channel. If you're missing your ‘Jiits this will be sure to warm your heart! There are many helpful videos which you can practice along with, and some humorous ones with puppets. This is Terrace FNAC Jill’s favourite.

Make and chill

Simple banana bran muffins

  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup wheat bran
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup golden raisins (optional)
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • ⅔ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (2-3 small)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a muffin pan with paper liners. In a large bowl, combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, wheat bran, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon & salt. Whisk together. Stir in raisins. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, brown sugar, bananas, buttermilk, butter and vanilla. Create a well in the dry ingredients. Add egg mixture and stir just until combined. Do not overmix. Bake 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

With your delicious snack in hand it's time to tour the Internet!

FREE film. This week we remember Norman Tait (May 20, 1941 – May 21, 2016), a proud Nisga’a artist dedicated to his culture.

Norman's interest in Nisga'a art was sparked through the family traditions and oral histories that he experienced as a boy. He was the son of acclaimed carver Josiah Tait, and was the brother of Chief Alver Tait, who is also a celebrated Nisga'a carver. Norman went to a Residential School in Edmonton, AB, completed high school in Prince Rupert, BC, and then had a brief career as a millwright. In 1973, he established himself as a wood carver with the production and raising of the first Nisga'a pole in over fifty years, which he carved with his father. From that time, he carved a pole for the Field Museum in Chicago, IL, in 1982, a pole for Britain's royal family that stands in Bushy Park in London, and numerous poles around Vancouver. In 2012, Norman was given the British Columbia Creative Lifetime Achievement Award in Aboriginal Art. In addition to being a carver in metals and woods, Norman was also an expert on Nisga'a art and culture. From the mid 1970s, Norman travelled throughout BC and around the world in order to research Nisga'a art and history.

Check out this great video by the BC Achievement Foundation to hear Norman speak about his art and life.

Norman Tait

Listen to a Podcast. There have been many great Indigenous podcasts to come out over the years. Check out “All My Relations” or “Still Here Still Healing” on Apple Podcasts or Spotify Podcasts. Wonderful podcasts lead by strong Indigenous womxn!

All My Relations Podcast

Check out Indigenous reads! Recently, the Nisga’a peoples celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Nisga’a Final Agreement. Read the Final Agreement or the article referenced below through the CMTN library.

Our Treaty, Our Inherent Right to Self-Government: An Overview of the Nisga'a Final Agreement by Edward Allen. This article provides an overview of the Nisga'a Final Agreement (the Treaty), which is the first comprehensive claims agreement to include recognition of the inherent right of self-government and constitutional protection of this right.

Your weekly meme

Student support

Are you facing challenges with lack of equipment or support? Contact your local FNAC and ask about the Indigenous Wellness Assistance Fund.

Did you receive emergency financial aid from a First Nations Access Coordinator (FNAC) this year? We would love to hear from you! Letters of support for your FNACs are due in the next couple of weeks. The letters of support help us access funding to keep the FNACs here for you and supports our cultural events. Thank you to those who have submitted already! Contact your local FNAC with any questions.

Mental Health Check-in

Check out this article on Self-care during COVID-19.

Foundry BC is now offering virtual drop-in counselling for young people ages 12-24 and their families. To access this service, call 1-833-FØUNDRY (yes, that’s FØUNDRY with a zero! or 1-833-308-6379) to book an appointment. Sessions available through chat, voice-only calls or video calls.

Here2Talk connects students with mental health support when they need it. Through this program, all students currently registered in a B.C. post-secondary institution have access to FREE, confidential counselling and community referral services, conveniently available 24/7 via app, phone and web.

The Keep Me Safe program is available 24/7 through multiple formats (call, chat, email and videoconference) for you! Go to coastmountaincollege.ca/counselling for more info.

Other resources you can reach out to:

Youth Online Chat at crisis-centre.ca or text 250.564.8336 or call 1.888.564.8336. A confidential, anonymous peer support service operated by trained youth answering calls from other youth. Available 24/7.

Northern BC Crisis Line A safe, confidential and non-judgmental crisis line to discuss anything troubling you available 24/7. Call 1.888.562.1214.

BC Suicide Line 1.800.SUICIDE or 1.800.784.2433. If you are considering suicide or are concerned about someone who may, please call! Available 24/7.

The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is available 24-hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their Residential school experience. Call 1.866.925.4419.

COVID-19 updates & FAQs

At Coast Mountain College we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation very closely and are guided by the Provincial Health Officer as we work with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. For updates and FAQs please visit our website here.

Visit canada.ca/coronavirus for more information.

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