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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.

Garry oak ecosystems, once a prominent feature of the pre-contact landscape of Coast Salish territories, were carefully tended gardens and farms growing spe:nxw (camas) as well as other edible and medicinal plants. Camas blooms in the month of tum̓pé:nxw (May) which in hul̓q̓umín̓um̓  means time for camas, alternately called punxwémuntime of camas blooming.

For more information including links to videos, articles and other information, see the link below. 

This activity is meant to accompany the Hul̓q̓umín̓um̓ QQS Playground Bingo game in Nanaimo-Ladysmith Public Schools.  Learn the vocabulary in the classroom and then head outside to see what you can find! Use this project with a projector as an alternative to drawing cards. Printable Bingo Cards are available on NLPS Learns and at the school. Sound recordings by George Seymour.

– Printable Bingo Cards

Full screen Virtual Bingo presentation with sound

Patati et Patata, c’est un exposé oral accompagné d’un diaporama d’un format et d’une durée prédéterminée en fonction du niveau scolaire. 


Cliquez pour accéder aux règles, aux catégories et aux matrices PowerPoint.

NLPS is situated on Coast Salish land which include Snaw naw as, Snuneymuxw, and Stz’uminus First Nations. The meditations and stories that are shared reflect the culture of the Coast Salish peoples in these territories.

Based in Victoria, British Columbia, Seaquaria delivers engaging education experiences to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.

Seaquaria Ocean Education is an initiative of World Fisheries Trust, a registered Canadian charity dedicated to the equitable and sustainable use and conservation of aquatic biodiversity. Check out their educator resources page!

A Hul’q’umi’num’ language guide to plants and animals of southern Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the Salish Sea. 

*** Note, the orthography (spelling system) used in this guide is different than the orthography recommended for use in NLPS.


Are you a primary classroom teacher interested in Story Making, but not sure how to get started?  

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Monthly magazine featuring happenings around the Coast Salish area.

This video tells the story behind the making of “Supernatural Eagle Bringing the Sun Back to the World” by Coast Salish artists William and Joel Good which was installed at the Nanaimo Art Gallery on Oct. 11, 2018. Video produced by Jennifer Wynne Webber.

Supernatural Eagle Painting by W. Joel Good


Joel Good also painted a supernatural eagle  for the  School District.  Joel Good is a traditional Coast Salish artist from the Snuneymuxw First Nation and a graduate of NDSS. He works in the original  Coast Salish style, one that has been revitalized by his father William Good. 

About the art:

The Supernatural Eagle is a messenger of Good Will, a communicator often represented in stories with a message to the people. The wings of the eagle have sea serpents and the tail feathers are made of two salmon heads facing different directions. The core of the eagle is a wind mask. The open mouth of the wind mask symbolizes communication, as the eagle blows or whispers its message into the wind.

Coast Salish symbolism

Eagle : Often called the “master of the skies” because of its ability to soar great heights. The eagle is held in high regard in Coast Salish Communities.

Sea Serpents: A symbol of protection, incredible power and revival

Salmon: Symbolizes life, abundance, prosperity and nourishment

Wind Mask: painted with an open mouth, symbolises communication as the animal whispers or blows into the wind