Little Moccasins learn traditional language and crafts at Chu Chua

Simpcw First Nation program for youngsters keeps traditions and language alive

The Little Moccasins Head Start youngsters enjoyed a party and visit from Santa just before Christmas at Chu Chua.  Pictured: Anthony Green

The Little Moccasins Head Start youngsters enjoyed a party and visit from Santa just before Christmas at Chu Chua. Pictured: Anthony Green

The Little Moccasins Head Start program in Chu Chua finished 2012 with a party and visit from Santa Claus.

Headstart coordinater Arlene Mitchell writes in her report, “The children sang Tigw, Tigw, Tigw (Jingle Bells) for Santa.  It was great to see all the excited faces.  When Santa was asking the children if they had been good this year,  Joy Rainer replied, “Almost”.  This brought a huge smile to everyone’s faces, and Santa thanked Joy for being honest.”

Mitchell says the program has had a very busy year, which has included incorporating a “language nest” into the Simpcw First Nation program.

“The children and staff are doing extremely well learning Secwepemctsin thanks to Kye7e Mona Jules, and language mentor Charli Fortier,” said Mitchell.

“Our parents are showing their talent at our parent crafting workshops.   We just completed a dream catcher workshop with Elder Autry Hanson.  David Green is making some beautiful beaded items as well as beaded dream catchers.

“The New year will see us learning traditional mitten making, drum bags, different beading techniques, shields, drum sticks and other exciting traditional crafts.”

Mitchell wished everyone a Merry Christmas in her report, signing off with the Secwepemctsin language, “Tsécwtsucwtes Ke7 Sw7ec nxyum te Sitq’t.”