TWN School Naming

TWN School Naming

News & UpdatesTWN School Naming

TWN School Naming

On Friday June 18, our TWN School was blessed with receiving the traditional name siʔáḿθɘt (pronounced “si-om-phet”).

The name means someone who is rich in knowledge and specific skills — but also someone who is generous with that knowledge and those skills by sharing and teaching them to others.

Director of Economic Development, Angela George, explains the importance of the school’s significant, in saying, “It’s important for us to restore our ways of knowing and our ways of teaching … that’s a big part of what our school philosophy is — upholding the laws of our nation.”

On Friday June 18, our TWN School was blessed with receiving the traditional name siʔáḿθɘt (pronounced “si-om-phet”).

Read more about the school’s naming ceremony in this article from Daily Hive.

Latest Articles

On June 17, there was a beautiful celebration in this beautiful city that is home to Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish people, explains Gabriel George, Director of Treaty Lands and Resources. In the colonisation of these lands we were erased, and today some of the erasure was undone. Our collective Nations came together and put a name on this beautiful park. The names are: sθәqәlxenәm in the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language and ts’exwts’áxwi7 in the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh language.
The xʔəl̓.lwətaʔɬ/Indian River Watershed is located approximately 30 kilometres northeast of Vancouver and is the southernmost fjord on the west coast of North America. It is surrounded by the Seymour, Stawamus, Mamquam, Pitt, and Coquitlam Watersheds.
Last week, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Environment and Climate Change Canada celebrated their landmark, first-of-its-kindagreement to co-manage Disposal at Sea within Burrard Inlet, with their Agreement on Collaborative Decision Making Regarding Disposal at Sea.
On May 10 & 11, 2022, Tsleil-Waututh Nation Staff, Community, and School students came together to help prep and tie cə́ləm (eelgrass) shoots for transplant. cə́ləm (eelgrass) is a flowering plant that grows in shallow, sheltered areas of the ocean and is important habitat for fish, crabs and other animals. There have been many traditional uses of eelgrass by First Nations, including as food. 
Alongside Tsleil-Waututh family, Musqueam & Squamish relatives, Chief & Council, and Tsleil-Waututh leaders, Elder Carleen Thomas, ‘Unsakhalote’, became the new Chancellor of Emily Carr University Art + Design (ECUAD). This is a special moment for our community and historically, as Carleen is the first Indigenous person to hold the Chancellor position at Emily Carr University.
The 2025 Invictus Games will be hosted in Vancouver and Whistler with support from Lil’wat, Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. The Invictus Games is an 8-day competition for wounded and ill military personnel from around the world, and has over 500 athletes from more than 20 nations competing.