SCFSA believes that all children have the right to grow up connected to their culture. The Agency offers programming throughout the year that nurtures cultural identity development and provides a culturally safe space for learning to take place.
Cultural programs run on a regular basis, and also include seasonal workshops, some of which are:
- Elkstwécw is our newest program offering. Pronounced “elks-t-wow-c” (with the “o” a longer “o”), it translates to “all work together” and is inspired by the times when we gather to hunt, berry-pick or fish, or when we have workshops, or when we come together for weddings, funerals and ceremonies.
- Baby cradle and moss bag workshops
- Food canning
- Medicine gathering
- Fishing workshops
For more information on cultural activities, please call 250-314-9669.
Teaching Our Language
To listen to our Welcome Song, please click here. To learn more of our Secwépemc language, click on the below resources:
Sqwentsín re Swelyén
Kukwstéc-kuc pyin te sitq’t,
We thank you for today,
Kukwstsétsemc re kweséltktns-kuc ell re stemtmémts-kuc.
We thank you for our families and our friends.
Kukwstéc-kuc te mesméscen̓s t̕ri7 te w7ec.
We thank you for all of the animals.
Kukwstéc-kuc te sq’ílyes ell te melámens.
We thank you for our sweathouse and medicines.
Tqeltkúkwpi7, Kukwstéc-kuc te sumécs ell te7 ségwses.
Creator, we thank you for our spirit and your light.
Knúcwente-kuc es xyémstem re kwell qelmúcws-kuc.
Help us to respect each other.
Knúcwente-kuc es knucwentwécws-kuc.
Help us to help each other.
Tqeltkúkwpi7, kukwstéc-kuc te xwexwéyt te stem.
Creator, we thank you for everything.
That is all.