Nisga'a children perform at BC School Trustees Association AGM in Vancouver.

On April 27th, 2018, students from the four Nisga'a Villages performed at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the BC School Trustees Association (BCSTA) in Vancouver, BC. Out of 10 applications they were the selected group!

Students from grades 5 – 7 were selected from the four elementary schools: Nisg̱a’a Elementary, Gitwinksihlkw Elementary, Alvin A. McKay Elementary and Nathan Barton Elementary to represent the district and Nisg̱a’a Nation in singing, dancing, and drumming while performing traditional Nisg̱a’a songs and dances.

The students have been engaged in practices in each of the four communities since January 2018 as they prepare to honour their culture, tradition and heritage as they will represent their schools, their communities, their families and the Nisga’a Nation. Students will be supported in their learning by local community members, family members, local leaders and elders from the Nisg̱a’a Nation.

Our Canadian National Anthem, O'Canada, was translated many years ago into our language and is an honour for our children to sing. One of our Nisg̱a'a Language Teachers translated Bob Marley's One Love into Nisga'a and privileged to sing this beautiful chorus.

After all the practices and performances together, as loud as they were, they only got louder, right into high momentum as they welcomed onviewers to partake in 4 crests dances of the Nisga'a. They nailed that show and recieved a standing ovation from 400 in attendance. 

Our students have united as a cohesive group and our proud representatives of the Nisg̱a'a Nation and School District #92-Nisg̱a'a: Wil Bakwhl K’ubatk’ihlgum Nisg̱a’a!


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