Nk̓maplqs Iʔ Snm̓am̓ay̓aʔtn Iʔ K̓l Sqilxʷtət | Cultural Immersion School

Fox Breathes life into Coyote & the People-to-be

Fox is breathing life into Coyote and, therefore, the People-to-be. The knowledge gathered and re-enlivened is represented by the spirals which Fox breathes into Coyote. In the center, after Coyote is brought to life, he protects the sunflower to allow growth and safety to exist as a being of the land. The sunflower represents the People-to-be. The sunflower is found on our homelands and grows from the land, coming back every year. The significance of the sunflower lies in the reawakening that comes with every spring. We come out of our period of storytelling and rest soon to move through the land/timxw, enacting the knowledge and responsibility we had learned during the winter months. The knowledge that had lied dormant but always was a part of us (Fox’s breath always being a part of him) has been in a period of ‘rest’ during colonization, with the implementation of the school allowing our children to have a safe space(Coyotes protection) to bring reawaken who we have always been.

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The new school project is in the design phase. Click here to read about the work that’s underway.



The dream of having a cultural school rooted in sqilxʷ ways of life became a reality on September 7th 2006. The opening of the school was reliant on the determination, cooperation and support of OKIB elders, parents, educators, and community members. The educational experience at nk̓maplqs iʔ snm̓am̓ay̓aʔtn iʔ k̓l sqilxʷtət is unique and provides the opportunity for students to excel in sqilxʷ cultural and language learning. Teachers and instructors thoughtfully plan the academic and sqilxʷ programs meeting and exceeding provincial curriculum standards, connecting curriculum to sqilxʷ cultural perspectives. The school offers a student-centred approach to teaching and learning based on individual student strengths and interests.

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