AwesomeNESS kicks off the year with their Back to School March 2017

On September 6, 2017, Nisga’a Elementary Secondary School Students kick off the year with a Back to School March in Gitlaxt’aamiks BC.  This is an annual event throughout the Nass Valley where the students, parents, teachers, elders, and political leaders gather, share a meal, and walk together as one to celebrate the new school year.

Teachers then gather and provide a royal welcome with a Nisga'a cultural song; Ts’inin Simoogit for all as they enter the educational long house. An extended warm welcome is provided to new teachers, new kindergarten students as elders of the four tribes of the Nisga’a Nation pass off the Ganim Silwilye’enskw (the talking stick). This ceremony grants blessing and authority to the Principal to lead and guide staff & students through out the year. The elders conclude with words of encouragement, history, and the background of the Nisga’a Nation.   

To all participants and organizers in this year’s Back to School March, may this day be remembered as you begin, and or, continue your educational life long journey, Si’aamhl wilsim!

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