Spending Time at Skeetchestn Community School
Connecting with Communities
The Skeetchestn Community school has a mission to provide an outstanding education for students in kindergarten through to grade 12. The school follows the BC provincial curriculum, all while teaching Secwépemc culture and language. In June, members of the Environment and Community teams visited the school to teach students about New Afton’s Mine Life Cycle. The team spoke with the students on the importance of current reclamation and the plans in place for future reclamation. Further, the group had the ability to show case New Afton’s Block Cave Video to provide a visual to the students on the mining method used at the mine site.
As one of the largest employers in the region, many students at the school have family members who work at the New Afton Mine and were excited to ask questions about the operation. Both the students and teachers were curious about many different topics, including what happens with all the product, what happens with the remaining ore, how we safely store it as well as the different jobs that exist at New Afton.
“The team spoke with the students on the importance of current reclamation and the plans in place for future reclamation.”
Upon completion of the presentation, New Afton joined the students in painting salmon cut-outs that will be used to decorate the community school fencing. Prior to the painting, the Skeechestn Indian Band carpentry shop constructed the salmon cut-outs, which New Afton sponsored. More than 50 salmon cut-outs were decorated and styled by students from kindergarten to grade 12. The cut-outs will be hung this year to decorate the school fencing.
Fishing is a significant part of the Skeetchestn’s culture and has been used to sustain people for centuries. Deadman River was traditionally used for fishing. Salmon is important to the community as they always return and renew their circle of life.
New Afton is pleased to continue working closely with communities to connect, build understanding, and have fun with each other.