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Please click on the document below for the June 2018 Newsletter:

Newsletter - June 2018.pdf


Ey Swayel (good day)

     I hope that everyone enjoyed the sunshine and hot weather of May!   June is starting out with more rain but after a very dry May the gardens and plants must be happy.

       In Halq'emelyem , the word for June, is Temqoqo which means Highwater Time or when the rivers are high with melted snow.  The Fraser River, sloughs and creeks were very high a couple of weeks ago, but the water is starting to recede. 

      The berry plants, like the Salmonberry and Strawberries and other plants are now in blossom.  The P'esk'a (hummingbird) is one bird that, before hummingbird feeders, got their food source of nectar from various plants plants and the sap from the birch, alder and aspen trees.   Hummingbirds are the only bird that can fly backwards.  Some Indigenous groups view the hummingbird as the messenger of joy and as a symbol of health, energy and the fragility of life and all living things.

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I hope that everyone has a great Summer and that this has been a good school year! 

Upcoming Events:

June 14th at Fraserview School is the Honoring Graduation Ceremony and barbecue for the Summit, Fraserview and Riverside grad students which begins at 11:30.

June 21st Celebrate National Aboriginal Day with the Mission Native Friendship Centre from 1:00 – 6:00.


Ey Swayel (good day),

Tem'elile (May) has arrived.  In the Sto:lo calendar May or Tem'elile is called the Salmon Berry Time. Salmon berry bushes were very abundant and the early shoots were gathered and used as food. The flowers of plants provided important information as their blooms are generally short and they indicate seasonal change and abundance of other life. For example, if the salmonberry blossoms are plentiful then there may be excellent salmon runs.

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I hope that everyone has a great May!

Leslee Jensen, Aboriginal Liaison Worker:


The Canoe Newsletter - Volume 8: The Canoe Volume 8 Version 1 - April 4.pdf

Ey Swayel,

April is here already! The Halq'emeylem word for April is Temkwikwexel which means the Time for Baby Sockeye Salmon and some people use the word kwikwexel for baby sockeye salmon.  Indigenous peoples learnt by observing the natural world and through experimentation over thousands of years. Skunk cabbage plants arrive in the early Spring and they are abundant this year due to the high amount of rain. Skunk cabbage also indicates that soon the salmon will be coming. Bears taught the Indigenous people that skunk cabbage is unsafe to eat raw as this is one plant that bears do not eat.  Some Indigenous people learnt that the long white rhizomes of the skunk cabbage can be eaten if they are boiled or steamed in cooking pits.  The leaves were used to line the cooking pits or to lay food on. PLEASE DO NOT EAT any of the skunk cabbage plants for if they are not handled properly the plant will cause intense irritation and burning in your mouth!!!

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In Chilliwack the Sto:lo First Nations are the Shxwla:y, Squiala, Skowkale, Yakweakwioose and Tzeachten.  The Skawahlook First Nations are in Agassiz. The Popkum First Nation are in Popkum and the Leq'a:mel First Nation are in Deroche.

Next month I will talk about the Sto: lo calendar system and the moon.

These are links which may be helpful  to include Indigenous content in your curriculum:

If you need any support please contact me at

Kw'as Ho:y (Thank you) ,


Aboriginal Liaison Worker

Our Sto:lo Neighbours

Ey Kw'ese Xwe:I (Welcome)

This is the first monthly write up about the Sto:lo First Nations to increase knowledge about the people whose traditional territories we all share.  

The Sto:lo people have lived in the Fraser Valley since time immemorial or for thousands of years.  Their territory is from Fort Langley up to Yale and in a small area of Washington.  Halq'emelyem is the name of their language. Sto:lo means "river" or "people of the river". Traditionally, the Sto:lo people lived in small villages along the Fraser River. The Fraser River and their traditional territory is important to them for their culture and economy.

The month of Temkwikwexel (April) means Time for Baby Sockeye Salmon.

In the next write up there will be a brief talk about where many of the contemporary places where the Sto:lo First Nations live which are connected to their traditional territories.

If anyone is interested in specific kinds of information please contact the Summit Staff or Leslie Jensen, Aboriginal Liaison Worker.