Stó:lō Announcement September 21, 2023

Our Journey to Truth and Reconciliation

October 6, 2023, Chilliwack Coliseum

All staff will be participating in this important day of learning as we continue our journey toward Truth and Reconciliation. This day will explore where we are on that path and support us all as we continue to learn and grow as individuals and as a greater community.

Our Day:


The Logo

The image is of an Elder wearing an orange shirt, looking at their story in a book. Indigenous people live with oral teachings, which is how our knowledge and history are passed down through the generations. Even with these teachings, our Elders understand the significance of putting this hard history into books and curriculum, with the hope that all people can build a broader understanding so that this time is not forgotten. Many of our Elders are leaving this world with their stories. We see the importance of recording these stories so they can be used to build understanding and teach this part of Canada’s history. Reconciliation is a difficult bridge to build; starting at the school level gives strong building blocks.

The Artist: Sxwoxil

Jason Roberts, whose traditional name is Sxwoxil, is a Stó:lō artist and is a member of Tzeachten First Nation. Jason resides at Soowahlie First Nation. 

The Song

Stó:lō Shxwelí Wiyótha : Spirit of the Sto:lo Forever

This song will close our day on October 6. The song will be led by a youth choir and staff will sing along.

Stó:lō Shxwelí Wiyótha was written by T'ít'elem Spath (Eddie Gardner) and translated by Yomalot (Rosaleen George); Ts'ats'elexwót (Elizabeth Herrling); Tseloyóthelwet (Shirley Norris) and Xwiyolemót (Tellie Gutteriez).