Local Talaysay guide and a trained Indigenous ambassador-educator will introduce the students to the forests, the cultural stories and shared practices of the indigenous ecological and spiritual perspectives that have sustained Coast Salish Indigenous people for generations.
- This program shares indigenous practices of living, via sustainable and selective harvesting
- Local history and ecology of the North Shore, the Capilano River
- Salmon – The Cycle of Life. An emphasis on the salmon as a special resource to the local Indigenous People. Water as Life. Issues and the awareness of a shared responsibility to the protection of water.
- Forest Meditation – The students will be invited to participate in a forest meditation
- The Tree of Life – Cedar, it’s sacred gifts: medicine, technology, shelter, clothing, transportation
- West Coast Temporal Rain Forest – an ultimate community network
- The Land is Us and We are the Land – land management techniques, the social practices. Selective burning, the various forms for practiced agriculture, transplanting, pruning
- Your class will learn about the maple tree, Douglas Fir tree, Red Alder tree, the Western Hemlock, and the many wild berries and plants of this region
- Plants as medicine, frog leaves, plantain, horsetail – the forest is our grocery story and pharmacy
- This program will highlight the significance of wild salmon and how it has supported the material and social development of complex indigenous societies here on the Northwest Coast.