Sl̓ xʷaʔspʔús (Brave/Big Hearted) In our Constable Neil Bruce (CNB) Middle School Grade 8 Okanagan classes, students have been writing children’s stories using Okanagan language vocabulary and themes. As they reflected on the most fearless animal they could identify with, the students felt the weasel best represented what it means to be courageous. This spirit of bravery further informed the girls’ ambitions as they introduced themselves in Okanagan and danced for all of
the staff in their regalia. This was supported by guest speaker and CNB alumna, Jordan Ned, who spoke of Indigenous resilience and strength in overcoming multiple barriers inherent to Indigenous struggle. To see our middle school students currently embracing, fostering, and defining their own Indigenous identities is quite a dramatic shift from what many remember from their middle school days.
Moreover, it may signify that we may be entering a time where Indigenous students can finally be themselves, increasingly independent of the systemic discrimination that has defined much of our individual Indigenous experiences. With students bringing the courageous spirit of the weasel to their day-to-day lives, it is a humbling and exciting time to be in education. skalula, Tyler Ernst, CNB Teacher
In this issue: · Pg. 4: The Courageous Huskies of OKM · Pg. 10, 11: Courageous #sd23innovators · Pg. 18: The Courage to Learn Abroad · On Every Page: Courageous Learners!
Kelowna Capital News, December 4, 2020