Aya7ayulh Chet (Cultural Journeys)




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Welcome to the Aya7Ayulh Chet school program page!


Aya7ayulh Chet (Cultural Journeys) is a Kindergarten to Grade 6 program of choice that is grounded in Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) culture, language and land. In this program, students explore diverse worldviews while growing their mental, emotional, physical and spiritual selves.  

At Aya7ayulh Chet (Cultural Journeys) a combination of structured in class learning, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh culture and language and land based experiences allow students to celebrate themselves, the communities they are a part of and enjoy their learning journeys.


What often takes place at Aya7Ayulh Chet?

  • Learning on the land, through the seasons and the practices of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh people.

Ex- Spending time at the river learning about fishing traditions, gutting and smoking salmon.

Ex - Tanning deer hides, making drums and harvesting plants.

Ex - Regular time spent outdoors, rain or shine!

  • In class work based on the BC Curriculum alongside first peoples principles of learning.

Ex - Literacy and numeracy programs that are multi age

  •  Sḵwx̱wú7mesh school ceremonies, drumming, singing and dance.

Ex - Winter and Spring Stl’ashn (Winter Celebration of Learning)

Ex - Weekly in Class Drumming, singing and dancing. 


Aya7ayulh Chet (Cultural Journeys) uses a combination of outdoor activities, field studies, trips, and our Pathways to Learning instructional strategies to develop key competencies where students will take on authentic tasks to explore personal areas of interest through project-based learning.

Aya7ayulh Chet (Cultural Journeys) teachers work in community, with community, to create rigor and an academically challenging learning culture through:

• Theme based Inquiry learning at Skwxwú7mesh land sites

• Project-based experiences tied to learning from the Land, Language and Culture

• Relationships, honoring connections to each other, our community, language and the land;

• Promoting equitable, collaborative learning that is multi-generational and cross-curricular

• Personally relevant learning in a multi-aged community that is flexible and competency driven;

• Nurturing student engagement and ownership of learning though the competencies of thinking critically, contributing, collaborating, creating and innovating;

• Learning, nurturing and supporting self-regulation: ownership of choices, actions and responsibilities in Literacy, Numeracy, Communication and Oral Language skills

“If we continue to practice the first peoples Principles of Learning, then we will foster a community of culture creators who are resilient and responsible for their own learning, for others, and for the natural world.”

 To see a poster on First Peoples Principles of Learning click here.