Aam ji luu-x̱hln̓aa-t'aatgwin Student newsletter | May 7, 2020

Welcome to the sixth 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 Gitxsanimx language.

Aam ji luu-x̱hln̓aa-t'aatgwin means "it's good for you to stay home" in Nisga'a. In Gitxsanimx we say: Xhla wansim! "Stay home!" Guuxw ama gyaatxwsim. "Take care of yourselves."

Enjoy, take care, and stay safe.

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

What would Ts’iits do?

Ts'iits would be worried about her hlguuhlxwim hanak’ (daughter) and/or her hlguuhlxwim gyat and huxwdaak’in (grandchildren). She would say to the little ones ….

Gala Doots! Come 'Doots' (term of endearment)

T’an gossun. Sit here.

Luu amhl good’y win gya’a sim ahl ama sa tun  I am happy to see you on this fine day

Wii o’oy ‘niin I love you

Ha’ wi ji wantxit ga gootsim. Don’t worry.

Dim am dim wila wilim. We will be okay.

More Gitxsanimx Resources

Check out this amazing website with a number of resources curated by Cheyenne (Morgan) Gwa'amuuk.

FirstVoices is a suite of web-based tools and services designed to support Indigenous people engaged in language archiving, language teaching and culture revitalization.

Bake and then chill

Seems everyone is getting creative in the kitchen and re-learning some of the classics, like bread!

Lil Luna white bread recipe

  • 2 ¼ tsp active yeast (1 packet)
  • 2 ¼ c. warm water
  • ¼ c. sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 5 – 6 c. flour

Mix yeast, sugar and water in a large bowl. Leave it to stand for 10 minutes. Mix in oil, salt and 4 cups of flour with the yeast mixture until smooth. Stir in remaining flour, ½ cup at a time to form a soft dough. The dough should just stick slightly to your finger when touched, but not be overly sticky. Turn onto a floured surface, knead until smooth and roll into a ball (5 - 7 minutes). Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until it is doubled in size (1 hour). Punch dough down gently and divide in half. Shape each into a loaf pan. Cover and let rise until doubled (1 hours). Bake at 375 until golden brown for 30 – 35 minutes. Makes 2 loaves. Enjoy!

While you wait for your bread to rise check out activities online like:

Learn about the territory and traditional title holders of the lands we occupy! Coast Mountain College proudly serves 27 Indigenous communities in the region and acknowledges the traditional territories of the Haida, Tsimshian, Gitxsan, Nisga'a, Wet'suwet'en, Haisla and Tahltan Nations. Take some time to Google and research the host nation of your campus!

FREE documentaries.Hands of History (1994). In this acclaimed documentary, Loretta Todd, a leading figure in Canadian Indigenous cinema, profiles four contemporary female artists - Doreen Jensen, Rena Point Bolton, Jane Ash Poitras and Joane Cardinal-Schubert, who seek to find a continuum from traditional to contemporary forms of expression. Each artist reveals her practice and journey in her own words. The film is a moving testimony to the vital role Indigenous women play in nurturing Indigenous culture. Doreen Jensen, was a Gitxsan artist, who belonged to the House of Geel from Anspayaxw (Kispiox). It is very inspiring to hear a little bit of the history of the Gitxsan people during a time when Northwest Coast Art was been reawakened. Watch it here

Check out some Indigenous reads! The Grizzly Mother by Brett D. Huson. To the Gitxsan people of Northwestern British Columbia, the grizzly is an integral part of the natural landscape. Together they share the land and forests that the Skeena River runs through as well as the sockeye salmon within it. Follow mother bear as she teaches her cubs what they need in order to survive on their own. Available in e-book from any bookstore OR you can request the e-book through the CMTN library.

'The Grizzly Mother' by Brett D. Huson

Your weekly meme

Student support

Our campuses are not open to the public right now, but we're still here to help you! Interested in learning more about our programs, courses or campuses? Would you like to talk to someone about financial aid or in advising? Just like Jessica, Recruitment Coordinator at CMTN, our student support and services team is available to video chat, phone or text.

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 FNAC this year? We would love to hear from you! Letters of support help us with our annual funding applications to continue to provide financial aid. If you can share a letter that includes your name, program/course and how the funding made a difference for you as a student it is so appreciated. Contact your local FNAC with any questions.

Bursaries & scholarships!

Be sure to check our website regularly for upcoming bursaries and scholarships. The following close June 30 so be sure to start applying:

The CMTN Foundation CCP Completion Scholarships are available to students who have completed CMTN's Career & College Preparation program and are planning to attend CMTN in the fall as a full-time student in an academic or trades foundation program. There are 6 awards of $750 available.

Patrick J. Hayes Memorial Scholarship a $500 scholarship is available each year to a student who has completed the Career and College Preparation program and is pursuing higher educational goals at any recognized post-secondary institution. Preference will be given to Career and College Preparation students from the Hazelton campus.

The CMTN Foundation High School Completion Scholarships are open to students who graduated high school during the current year, and intend to pursue an academic or trades program at CMTN in the fall semester. There are 23 awards of $750 each available to students from local school districts.

Mental Health Check-in

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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