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We also invite members of the public, including Chief and members of each First Nation (Kwantlen, Matsqui, Leqamel and Sq'ewlets), members of the Metis and Inuit community, members of City Council and members of the RCMP. Media are usually present as well.


This year, we have booked Phyllis Webstad, creator of “Orange Shirt Day" (

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Phyllis Webstad is Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation (Canoe Creek Indian Band). She comes from mixed Secwepemc and Irish/French heritage, was born in Dog Creek, and lives in Williams Lake, BC.


Because of this, along with the fact that it will be a designated statutory holiday as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we have partnered with the City of Mission and the Mission Friendship Centre. This year, we will begin the event at 11am, and it will likely go until approximately 2pm. ​

The Siwal Si'wes Advisory Indigenous Council, which includes Indigenous Elders, Parents and Caregivers, Members of the Nations, Members of the School Board and Siwal Si'wes Staff, would like to extend an invitation to you to witness this important event, should you wish. 


At West Heights we are proud of the Aboriginal programs that are offered to all of our students. Some examples include Girls and Boys Club offered for Intermediate students, Technology Thursdays (where students work on laptops and IPADs). There are many opportunities to participate in activities such as soap stone carving, beading, making dream catchers or Metis jigging. If your child has Aboriginal ancestry, please let the office know. We are also excited that the opportunity to learn Halq'emeylem has expanded from two to four primary classes this year. For more information on the District's Aboriginal program, please visit

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