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Cheam Community Life

Introduction by Rick Quipp (former Councillor)

Our culture and spiritual teachings are important to the Cheam community. It is our teachings that build the person that we become. Our most important teachings to ourselves is to have fun, respect ourselves and others, be proud of our community and be proud of who we are and where we come from. We have a program for Cheam children in foster care, this program is called "Roots and Ties". Once a month we have a dinner and encourage family members of children in care to come spend time with their children. At the dinners, the families share stories and other cultural activities. Historical events are discussed such as colonization and residential schools and how this changed our community life and our families. In fact, these two historical events almost wiped out our spiritual and cultural traditions by: taking our identity away; banning our spiritual practices; prohibiting us from voting and enforcing the Indian Act.

The experience of our people has been ...

 

CommunityInitiatives

The Dream Catchers Conference is hosted in Edmonton, Alberta in the fall. This is open to youth ages 14-18 and is a trip that lasts about a week, a great experience for the youth to get out and to meet new people and learn new things. PNE is a trip for youth ages 12-18, this happens in August. A summer day trip for ages 11 and under, to attend and event like Disney on ice.

 

 

 

 

History

Overview of History of the Sto:lo After Contact

Indian reserves are the remnants of "Our Land" they are the bits and pieces of our sovereignty, of our culture that have survived. They are monuments of our victory against extinction. They are symbols of continuing struggle against our oppression by the Europeans. Today an Indian reserve is a jail. Tomorrow it should be the basis of independence.

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Educational & Cultural Programs

Homework club runs Monday and Wednesday (3:30-5pm) every week during the months of October to June; this is open to all students needing assistance with their school work. Cheam Education Center provides an ABE (adult basic education) program available to adult learners needing to complete their grade 12, or to upgrade for future post-secondary. This runs Thursdays from 6-9pm weekly form September to June following a regular school schedule. Language program is open to all community members whom are willing to learn, this is provided in partnership with Coqualeetza Cultural Education Center whom provides the instructor for the program, and the session’s run on a weekly basis for 10 weeks. The Summer Program provides various activities for children ages 6-12. It is available at the Cheam Education Center throughout the summer months, also providing employment and work experience to secondary summer students who run the program. Salish Weaving & Sewing classes runs on a weekly basis Tuesdays evenings, ...