The’í:t qas Slilekwelelhlàt / National Day for Truth and Reconciliation:

Remembering the Children

hákw’elestset te’ stá:xwelh

Attend the National Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day Event on Sept. 30:

This event is timely in that, as per the website XYÓLHMET YE SYÉWIQWÉLH (TAKING CARE OF OUR CHILDREN),  “Stó:lō Nation Chiefs’ Council (SNCC), under the leadership of Chief David Jimmie, President of the SNCC, launched a broad-based and inclusive initiative to investigate potential unmarked graves and missing children related to three of the former Residential School sites within S’ólh Téméxw.  This initiative includes the former St. Mary’s (Mission), Coqualeetza (Chilliwack), and All Hallows institution (Yale), in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia.”

This work began in early September 2022 at St. Mary’s in Fraser River Heritage Park and will continue every Thursday and Friday of each week in September, as long as the weather cooperates (i.e., no heavy rain). As the rain impacts the accuracy of the equipment, the work will stop for the rainy months and resume in late Spring 2023. There are a few different sites within the former St. Mary’s grounds that will need to be investigated over the course of the next year or so. Once the work is complete a report will be generated and findings shared.

The event is presented in partnership by Siwal Si’wes Indigenous Education Advisory Council and Members of local Nations, including Sq’éwlets, Leq’á:mel, and Kwantlen.


Mental Health and Wellness Supports:


Resources and Support for Educators and Families:

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation:

Registration required in advance



BCTF: Beyond September 30th: Doing the Work

Click here to access this document for all educators.


CBC Unreserved Article and Podcast with Murray Sinclair

Every Child Matters – Educator Guide
“Written by award-winning Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith, this magazine, which is based on the Seven Sacred Teachings, is aimed for students in grades 5–12 and is available in both English and French.
Each chapter teaches children about residential schools, Treaties, and the historic and current relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
Accompanied by supplementary educational resources, the magazine is both a guide and a journal for young people as they explore their feelings, build confidence, and foster greater respect and empathy throughout their reconciliation journeys.”


“Content Warning (CW)/Trigger Warning (TW):  Viewers are advised that the following website may contain/contains images, names and voices of people who have passed away”.

K-12 Residential School Curriculum for SD75:
“The Elders would like all visitors to this website to know that “none of these teachings are forced upon you.  These lessons are not meant to offend but are offered with Respect, Honour and Trust”.
This entire Website and All learning resources are the result of the courageous efforts of Elders and Survivors. We Thank you for sharing the Truth with us!”

St. Mary’s Documentary – Content Warning:


Siwal Si’wes Library: Every Child Matters Collection

(features educator resources, websites, books available at Siwal Si’wes library, and more)


Halq’eméylem Phrases (k’was hoy to Brenda Pierre)

The’í:t qas Slilekwelelhlàt (Truth  and  (harmony + day)) / Truth and Reconciliation day

hákw’elestset te’ stá:xwelh / Remembering the children

Hi::kw te mekw’ stá:xwelh / Every child matters.

Shxwelistexw mekw’stl’itl’eqelh / Every child matters.

Éy kw’s hákw’elestset ye stá:xwelh / We remember our children.

Xwelmi:aytset / We are the future.

A’altha hí::kw / I matter.

Hi::kwtsel ta’a’altha! / I am important. I matter!


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Preparing for Reconciliation Week

Designed by Peggy Janicki.

K’was hoy to Siwal Si’wes Indigenous Education for sharing these learning opportunities and resources:

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation: Walking the Path to Reconciliation in 2021

“This year, we gained a deeper collective understanding of the devastating and ongoing impacts of Canada’s residential school system. The recognition of unmarked graves at the sites of former residential schools reopened the wounds that Survivors and their families have been tending for generations.

It also sparked a new conversation across the country as more people learn, engage, and reflect. Truth and Reconciliation Week is an opportunity to bring together people from nations and cultures across the country to continue this reconciliation journey.

In the week leading up to September 30, Orange Shirt Day, we will honour the children who were sent to residential schools and the many who never came home. We will come together to embrace the hope we see in this renewed conversation as we work to ensure the truth of this country’s history is known. Truth and Reconciliation Week would not be possible without the Survivors, the children of Survivors, Indigenous Elders, and Knowledge Keepers who continue truth-telling to advance reconciliation through education.”


CBC Unreserved Article and Podcast with Murray Sinclair

Truth and Reconciliation Week runs from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, 2021. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is planning week-long learning opportunities for educators and students.
Over the course of five days, teachers will share videos created by Indigenous storytellers, which show traditional ceremonies and artistic performances, alongside conversations with Elders and knowledge keepers, survivors, and children of survivors of residential schools. There will also be a moving tribute to the missing children that never returned home from the residential schools. On September 30, Orange Shirt Day, a special program will be held to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Registration is accessible on the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website.

NCTR Supporting Resources:
Schedule for Educators
-Educator Magazine (English)(French)
Educator Guide (English)
Le Guide de l’enseignant (French)
-Reconciliation through Education (all grade levels) (English) (French)


What Is Reconciliation from TRC – CVR on Vimeo.

Every Child Matters – Educator Guide
“Written by award-winning Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith, this magazine, which is based on the Seven Sacred Teachings, is aimed for students in grades 5–12 and is available in both English and French.
Each chapter teaches children about residential schools, Treaties, and the historic and current relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
Accompanied by supplementary educational resources, the magazine is both a guide and a journal for young people as they explore their feelings, build confidence, and foster greater respect and empathy throughout their reconciliation journeys.”


K-12 Residential School Curriculum for SD75.
“The Elders would like all visitors to this website to know that “none of these teachings are forced upon you.  These lessons are not meant to offend but are offered with Respect, Honour and Trust”.
This entire Website and All learning resources are the result of the courageous efforts of our Elders and Survivors. We Thank you for sharing the Truth with us!”


First Nations Child and Family Caring Society – Virtual Participation (films, stories and more)


Siwal Si’wes Library: Every Child Matters Collection

(features educator resources, websites, books available at Siwal Si’wes library, and more)


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Local Event


Join Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc on September 30 at 2:15 pm Pacific to drum and sing for the missing
children of Indian Residential Schools.

Article with details from the Wellness Almanac.


Shared by MPSD students:

Two of 171 letters sent in response to the recovery of children at Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc:


Mental Health and Wellness Supports:

Shared by the Residential School History and Dialogue Centre


Related Event October 13th:

Resource Bulletin #5:

Anti-Racism Resources:

In light of current events many educators are wishing for more information and/or resources.

  1. NFB Campus: Anti-racism films

This playlist features films that confront racism. They are a small selection of films from the NFB collection that look at instances of racism in Canada, and support dialogue on equality and diversity.  Age suggestions are listed for each film.

2. BCTF’s anti-racism lesson plans and resources:

3. CBC Curio: Fighting Racism and Discrimination collection & Canadian Race Relations Foundation Collection (Ages 13+)

This collection looks at the fight against discrimination and racism in Canada. It includes examples of ongoing efforts across the country to remove barriers to equity, diversity and inclusion and to reduce inequities in all sectors of society.

4. @janemount created this graphic of anti-racist books:


Spring Scavenger Hunt:

“As you explore the outdoors … try to take a moment and really think about the world around you. Keep an eye out for details and see what you can find.” (SD 42 Aboriginal Education Department via Twitter)

(Shared by SD 42 Aboriginal Education, Created by Jessica Knott)

Monique Gray Smith, Susan Nielsen, and other Canadian writers share writing tips and perspectives.




Kids in the Know: K-12 safety education program uses age-appropriate lessons to increase children’s personal safety skills to reduce their risk of victimization online and offline. Lessons are matched to the outcomes mandated by departments of education across Canada and are purposefully designed to create a common language to help facilitate the way we teach kids about their own personal safety. Topics covered by KIK include safe and responsible use of technology, healthy relationships and boundaries, daily safety habits, as well as knowing when and how to seek help.

Grade 9/10 Digital Lesson: An engaging new lesson, includes videos and online activities, covers topics such as body and sexual boundaries, consent, and healthy and unhealthy relationships, as well as where to go for help. This lesson is free for educators for a limited time (in English and French).

Big Feelings Come and Go Storybook: Available for download in six different languages, as well as a read-aloud video series, this storybook teaches kids about freeze, flight and fight and helps them learn some basic self-regulation skills.

Resilience resources:



Resilience Art Cards and Teaching Guide





FVRL – Mission Library

We’ve been busy getting ready for FVRL Express. We’ve pulled over 3,000 holds and packed 550 bags with full of people’s holds.
🛍️📚 Beginning June 1 you can start picking up library holds using FVRL Express – Click, Pick, Go.

The new contactless service offers customers a physically distanced way to pick up library holds and return items at all 25 locations.

YMCA Launches New Online Resource for Teachers:  (available in English and French)

Looking for a fun way to keep your students active? The YMCA has launched YGym, a free virtual physical activity program for young people and families across Canada. Offered in both English and French, YGym includes a variety of physical activity and sports skills videos for students aged 5-9 and 10-15. A fundamental movement video will also be launched soon.

YGym is a great resource for teachers looking for ways to encourage their students to continue developing their physical literacy. Each video is instructed by a YMCA certified fitness coach and features content based on YMCA Canada’s Health & Fitness programs and Canada’s Physical Activity Guidelines.

Please visit the YMCA’s YGym web page for more information.

Canada Learning Code: (available in English and French)

Canada Learning Code offers free, live workshops that students and educators can access that help students as young as nine years old learn how to code in different forms. This includes creating websites, online games and generative art, among others.

In addition, Canada Learning Code is also planning a virtual coding conference that students will be able to take part in this summer.

“We’ve reimagined our popular in-person learning experiences to create live online classes that are optimized for project-based, highly collaborative and interactive learning opportunities,” said Melissa Sariffodeen, CEO of Canada Learning Code. “At each workshop, there is a team of instructors to help youth discover the power of technology to solve problems and become builders – not just consumers of technology.”

Along with learning resources, the website also includes helpful guides to maintain routines and stay safe online, giving parents information about how to talk to their children about COVID-19, along with other mental health resources to manage stress or anxiety. (Source: BC Gov News)


Resource Bulletin #4:

Locally Developed Resource by MPSD educator Susan O’Soup:

5 Moore Minutes Special Edition: Home Learning Series: 

Shelley Moore (storyteller, inclusive education advocate and PhD candidate) offers tips for home learning in this evolving series. Two videos will be released each week during the rest of the school year.

Designed for families who have children with disabilities, much of the information is useful for all families.

The playlist is embedded below and also on the Inclusion page of this website for future reference.

UBC Museum of Anthropology: From Home for Teachers (K-12)

“As the world adapts to the new realities of digital engagement, we adapt with it. To support the work of teachers, parents and caretakers, MOA’s Education department has been busy compiling lesson ideas that bring world cultures, new ideas and new experiences into the home classroom. We hope that these resources can help students stay engaged while staying home.”


CBC Article: Set in Stone: Stó:lō ancestors’ spirits live in Fraser Valley landmarks






BC Ministry of Education: Keep Learning Activity Ideas

Simple activities and games that you can play at home are added daily to this site.  Click here for a .pdf of activities developed so far.


Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada Giant Floor Map

Earlier this month, Silverdale Elementary students and staff engaged in some powerful interactive learning.


Indigenous Mentor Teacher, Peggy Janicki, a BCTF facilitator, was able to bring Canadian Geographic’s Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada Giant Floor Map to Mission. This 11m x 8m Giant Floor Map is a resource to help understand the ‘past, present and future of Indigenous Peoples in Canada’ (Source: Canadian Geographic).

Silverdale’s Teacher Librarian, Angela Bout, along with Peggy and Jennifer Lane from Curriculum, collaborated with teachers to plan activities for every class.  They were joined by Halq’eméylem Cultural Worker, Pipte, and Aboriginal Liaison worker, Joe Kelly to bring about this learning for the entire school. This initiative provided opportunities for students and staff to view Canada, and the Indigenous peoples of Canada through a new interactive lens.

Please see the resources below that outline this powerful work.  Contact Peggy Janicki and Shannon Bowsfield if you are interested in bringing the giant floor map to your school.

Click on the image below for a slideshow  that demonstrates the collaborative process of planning the learning opportunities.

September Learning Resources

(Source: CLA, 2014)

Welcome to another year of learning and working together.  We have drafted this post with the hope that some of these resources may useful to your planning for September and beyond.

Ministry of Education Curriculum Updates:
  • Please see the Documents and Assessment Strategies pages for Educator Updates regarding FSA’s and Graduation Years (including Gr. 10-12 Curriculum Comparison Guides for all subjects and the draft design of the Numeracy Assessment).
  • A series of videos and booklets on Assessment is being developed and we will post links as soon as they are available.
Learning Sessions and Teaching Resources:
  • Please see the Teacher Developed page for units developed by MPSD teachers, including ADST and Career Education. (Please ask your Teacher Librarian or Jen Lane ( if you require the password to open this page.)
  • ERAC has curated and recommended a collection of K-12 websites that are aligned with the BC redesigned curriculum.  We have added these websites to the Subject Area pages in Resources (K-12).  For K-6 sites, you can also go to Databases and Subject Guides in the Elementary Virtual Learning Commons.
  • September blog posts are published in the Elementary Virtual Learning Commons and are full of teaching ideas and activities! This month we are connecting to growth mindset and the core competencies.  (Check back at the beginning of each month for new posts.)

Coming Soon…..

Please see our previous post for some of MPSD’s fall professional learning opportunities.

We also have a fabulous line-up of speakers and presenters for our 2017/2018 Professional Learning Series.  Details will be posted this fall.


Spring Update: Curriculum Implementation

Core Competencies:

We continue to add resources to the Competencies page to support learning around Self-Assessment of the Core Competencies.

Teachers have requested that a common introduction to the self-assessment be provided by the district. Please see your administrator for the introduction developed with feedback from educators that can be used on K-9 report cards to introduce the self-assessment.

Career Education K-12:

Resource Announcement: Mission Public School District has purchased the following two digital resources for the new K-12 Career Education curriculum.  Stay tuned for learning opportunities in the 2017/2018 school year.

All About Me: Career Education Kindergarten-Grade 6

myBlueprint: Career Education Grade 7-12

JUMP Math K-6:  

District-funded resources for all K-6 teachers and students have been ordered and are on the way!


Mark your calendar for training on September 22nd for all K-6 teachers.

Early Literacy:

Mission Public School District sent a team of six schools to the January 2017 Joyful Literacy conference in Victoria.  A shared learning session took place in April and we received positive feedback from educators who attended the conference.


Below are some of the responses from educators trying out the strategies and expressing their needs moving forward:

We would like to continue the conversation about about establishing common goals for reading expectations to support early literacy in our school district.

Calling all K-3 Educators: Please join us at our next Early Literacy meeting at the School Board Office on Tuesday, May 16th, 2:45-4:15. This is an opportunity to participate in the decision-making process to establish common, district-wide standards for reading levels K-Grade 3 which will be implemented September 2017.  Please bring sample resources, past standards/expectations or any other resources that might be useful to the conversation.

Literacy Professional Development Opportunity:

Congratulations to the MPSD educators who applied to attend the Joyful Writing Summit June 2-3 in Vancouver. Applications were due on May 5th to participate in this professional development opportunity.



Winter 2017 Learning Opportunities

Welcome back to a snowy January in Mission! We are excited to continue the learning journey with you this term.

(*Tech Tip:  Any time you see text in a colour other than black in our posts, it means that it is an embedded link. Click on the coloured text to be taken directly to documents, posts, magazine articles, etc…*)

Roundtable on Assessment Announcement:

Rather than offer additional Roundtables on Assessment, we are targeting our efforts towards specific themes identified by teachers at the first session.  Please see the previous posts for details about what was identified by our colleagues at the First Roundtable on Assessment and the sessions being offered in our 2016/2017 Professional Learning Series.

In addition to the Professional Learning Series, the curriculum department would like to announce the following commitments:

Breaking News…


JUMP Math:

The school district will provide teacher resource guides and training to all K-6 teachers in September 2017. The district will also purchase JUMP Math classroom resources for all K-6 classrooms, starting in September 2017.

Local Workshop: Rebekah Stenner, JUMP Math Educational Consultant, will offer a half day workshop to introduce teachers who want an introduction to JUMP Math earlier than September and who may want to pilot the resource.  Every teacher who attends will be given  JUMP Math teaching resources at the session.


Joyful Literacy Update:

  • Six schools applied and were approved to attend this Early Literacy Summit.
  • Teachers and administrators attended a pre-Summit meeting on Monday, January 9th
  • Every teacher was given a copy of Joyful Literacy Interventions Part One and Part Two as a resource.
  • Teachers will meet and collaborate to share what they have learned at the conference.

joyful-lit1 joyful-lit2



Science First Peoples (FNESC):  Released in November, you can access this guide digitally for free.  In addition, our school district has purchased print copies for every school and they will be in libraries by spring!

Local Workshop:  Joe Heslip, District Principal of Aboriginal Education, is offering a workshop to introduce the resource and strategies for using this with students.  This highly adaptable guide can be used with students K-12.  Every teacher who attends this session will be given a copy of Science First Peoples.

Great Bear Sea: Every school library has a copy of the print and digital files of the Great Bear Sea Science resource for their school community.  The digital files include the full length feature film and are also available on the Great Bear Sea website.

Local Workshop: A workshop by the curriculum developers will be offered in conjunction with Joe Heslip’s Science First Peoples workshop.

corecompetenciesSelf-Assessment of Core Competencies:

Mission Public School District has sent a team of educators to two provincial Curriculum and Assessment Network meetings. The most recent meeting focused on the Core Competencies and how to design meaningful assessments that promote student ownership of the Core Competencies as a reflection of their learning.

Share-out and resources: Curriculum facilitators and administrators from each school will participate in a learning session this winter.  Resources will include presentation slides and sample prompts that could be used to design meaningful self-assessment templates.



5000 copies of the Canoe were distributed in December by Siwal Si’wes!






New In your School Library:



Siwal Si’wes Digital Library Catalogue is now accessible from all locations and devices!



The following schools have recently created Virtual Learning Commons of their own! Congratulations to the teacher librarians for their creative efforts and perseverance!  Visit the digital libraries at:

École Christine Morrison

Hillside Traditional Academy


Professional Learning Session:

Teacher Librarians had the opportunity to learn from Stefan Stipp, Prime Minister’s Award-winning teacher & consultant for The Critical Thinking Consortium, at a professional learning session in December. Talk to your teacher librarian about the TC2 resources available through our district partnership and how they connect with the curricular and core competencies.


Collaboration Days Reminder:

Thank you to Edwin S. Richards and West Height Community School for sharing their collaboration templates with us.  We have adapted and combined them to share here for examples of possible topics and prompts for teacher collaboration time.  

Sample Collaboration Day Prompts 

Resource Update

Thank you to all the Mission Public School District educators who have been sharing resources with us!

We wanted to take this opportunity to provide a brief summary of what is new and where it is posted on the Curriculum Connections site. Please continue to share your ideas for resources and professional development opportunities as we learn and plan together. Click on each link below to go directly to the specific resource.

  • Graduation Program and Assessment Information (released May 26, 2016)
  • K-9 Applied Design Skills & Technology Updated in Curriculum Starting Guide, Documents (see also Ministry of Education)
  • NEW! Critical Thinking Consortium Partnership (TC²):  Mission Public School District is now a partner group with the Critical Thinking Consortium.  Mission educators have access to free online resources and discounted print-based professional learning resources.  To learn about accessing these resources, go to the District ERAC & TC² page.
  • Siwal Si’wes PLC (New: Additional Community Resources posted)
  • Subject Area Resources (New: Career Education subject area.  Many new links have been posted for print and digital resources in all subject areas.)
  • Another way to access ERAC Digital Resources: Click on the ERAC logo at the bottom of the Welcome page and on the right side of every content page.  The access page contains all of the resources included in the British Columbia Digital Classroom (BCDC) Core Collection.  Each product is licensed for certain grade levels.  To see a list of what is licensed for your school – go to your PLC group and all the resources are posted with links to the products.