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A Process Guide for Incorporating Indigenous Foods into Institutions.

Learn how to say different feeling words in hulquminum by playing BINGO! Generate a random card online with QR Card or print off the physical cards to use without the use of technology.

Virtual word selector with sound
(for teacher/facilitator)

Virtual Game Card for Participants 
(Each card is randomly generated and will be unique . Participants can also access a link to this virtual card using the QR code on the facilitators virtual word selector)

Printable Game cards for participants (16 per card)

Printable Mini Game Cards for participants (9 per card)


See also the associated book and poster!

Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun, is the Coast Salish artist behind the new artwork for the Beban Park Pool grounds. Because the pool’s playful water features are  shaped like frogs and fish, the project explores the theme of the estuary. Inspired by the  Nanaimo River Estuary, Eliot designed giant wall paintings and a series of colourful fabric banners  about the life that exists here in Nanaimo, on the lands of the Snuneymuxw people. This vibrant  artwork honours and celebrates waters, land, plants, animals and humans, and points to how  all of these elements are deeply connected.

A booklet with associated Stories as well as hul̓q̓umín̓um̓ words and phrases is available free of charge at the pool as well as a free download.

The stories in the booklet are:

Q̓ullhánumucun (Killer Whale) Transformation 

K̓wal̓uxw (Dog Salmon) Run

For more information and links to the booklet and recordings of the story, visit the Projects Page of the City of Naniamo



Wondering what tools might be useful for teaching Math and exploring numeracy concepts in elementary schools? The following document outlines which resources are recommended, along with links for purchasing and guidelines on how to organize them for classroom use. Also included are links to virtual manipulatives for teacher use during demonstrations.

Recommended Math Manipulatives for Elementary Schools

Le français est une langue où le genre est très marqué (masculin/féminin). Il est important de connaître des formes de langage inclusif ou neutre, car elles existent!
Trans Care BC a publié un document qui présente des stratégies et du vocabulaire très utiles pour s’exprimer de façon plus inclusive.

Sxuyus, qwuqwten, sqewum ‘i snux̌shun

Sqewum ‘i snuxshun

Sqewum ‘i snuxshun

Sxuyus, qwuqwten, sqewum ‘i snux̌shun

Qulum, qwunun, thathun ‘i muqsun



**Printable Lyrics**

The  game along with instructions is also available as a digital card set here. Each team can also access the cards via a smart device by scanning the QR code below.

Learn a few spooky words in Hul̓q̓umín̓um̓!

Tth’oxélets, otherwise known as the Basket Woman or Wild woman , is a frigtening being that has been told of in Coast Salish stories for many generations. She was known to kidnap young children who did not listen or who did not return home after dark, bringing them back to her home up in the mountains to eat.

Tth’oxélets, has a large basket woven out of cedar that she used to carry the children that she captured. In this activity, students will design their own cedar baskets or a mat while investigating patterns and measurement.


Large 11 x 17 Cedar Mat / Basket Design Plan

Sing along in Hul’q’umi’num’ to this lively album of happy friends. Both albums are available online  along with lessons and a resource guide. The CDs  can also be signed out from the Indigenous collection.


Note, the lyrics are written in an orthography different that the one being used in NLPS.

In this unit jointly created by NLPS and Ocean Networks Canada, students will explore multiple ways of knowing the beach environment through exploration of Hul’qumin’um’ language, personal connections, and science. Features include the Coast Salish story Xeel’s the Creator and an in-depth look at plankton which connects the biosphere, hydrosphere, and Earth’s daily rotation. The concept of system sustainability is central to the learning in this module, also represented through the meaning of the title which translates to working together as one with positive relationships.