Several people participated in the professional development excursion “Learning Local Indigenous Legends, Songs, and Stories While Exploring Burrard Inlet in a Traditional War Canoe” at the STA Convention Day on Friday, May 5, which was also the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People. Here are some reflections on their experiences.
Written by Derek Imai
Friday, May 5th was our STA Day but also the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls & Two-spirit people. Along with 15 other teachers and 2 wonderful guide/hosts, we learned about indigenous history, culture, colonialism & reconciliation as we paddled in a traditional war canoe through former First Nations’ territory (Cates Park, N. Van to Belcarra Park).
Written by Andi McNair
This was such a great experience- I really appreciated hearing about the area’s First People’s history while being immersed in nature! One of the coolest pro-d excursions I’ve done, and such a powerful way to spend the day of awareness. I would also strongly recommend Takaya Tours to all teachers teaching EFP, BCFP, geography, or PE!