Students are learning to play Sllekmew’es, sometimes called Lahal, or the bone or stick game. Lahal is a guessing game that involves two teams of six people each seated across from one another. The goal of the game is to guess where the white bone is. The team that has control of the bones is the team that sings their stick game song. Jill Hayward photo:

Day of Sucwentwecw celebrated all day at Barriere Elementary

Students at Barriere Elementary on Friday, Apr. 5, celebrated their Day of Sucwentwecw throughout the whole school all day! They started with an assembly at 9 a.m. and then rotated between classrooms the rest of the day to learn from and share knowledge with members of the Simpcw First Nation.

Each classroom was dedicated to a specific First Nations traditional activity, including; games, dancing, playing Lahal (the bone game), Metis art and crafts, enjoying bannock, playing in a milk jug igloo (made by the students), and getting to hold Arctic Fox pelts.

School principal Cory Carmichael said he was very proud of what the school was able to achieve in offering a full day where students can experience First Nations traditions, culture and crafts.

“We are the only school in the district that dedicates a whole day to this event,” said the principal, while also noting his appreciation for the hands-on involvement of Simpcw First Nation in helping to present the Day of Sucwentwecw to the students.


Students had a wonderful time in the gymnasium learning traditional games and contests. Pictured is an interesting wrestling game, and also a back-to-back pushing contest. Jill Hayward photos:

Students had a wonderful time in the gymnasium learning traditional games and contests. Pictured is an interesting wrestling game, and also a back-to-back pushing contest. Jill Hayward photos:

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