Tl’Ches (Little Chatham Is) 2017

Songhees Academic Youth Leadership

On July 6, we took a trip to THLCHESS (Chatham) Island, part of the ancestral territory of the Songhees, and learned about some of the histories of life there. We collected water samples for the lab, learned about map coordinates and scientific data collection, and examined some marine animals. For many of us, including Songhees youth, it was our first opportunity to visit this culturally significant place.

Exploring Chatham Island traditional Lekwungen territory with Songhees Academic Youth Leadership high school students, part of the eco-cultural curriculum and place-based learning of LivingLab - made possible by PromoScience and the Horner Foundation
After reaching the island, we took to exploring the beautiful shoreline of THLCHESS
Species identification and ecocultural learning on THLCHESS island in the CRD area, with Songhees Academic Youth Leadership, part of the eco-cultural curriculum and place-based learning of LivingLab - made possible by PromoScience and the Horner Foundation
During our trip, SAYL students identified some of the unique marine species in the CRD area
Taking pictures of Chatham island with high school youth for ecocultural learning on traditional Lekwungen Territory, including marine biodiversity and species identification with Songhees academic youth leadership, part of the eco-cultural curriculum and place-based learning of LivingLab - made possible by PromoScience and the Horner Foundation. Other cultural learning included the history of the CRD area such as traditional foods.
When we could, we snapped pictures of the area while we explored the island and its eco-cultural significance. Place-based learning is important in culturally-significant places such as THLCHESS, as it allows us to learn about the history of the area in a diverse inter-disciplinary manner.
Identifying intertidal marine biodiversity with local Songhees academic youth leadership on THLCHESS (Chatham) island, part of the CRD area, to foster ecocultural learning. This is part of the eco-cultural curriculum and place-based learning of LivingLab - made possible by PromoScience and the Horner Foundation. Other cultural learning included the history of the CRD area such as traditional foods.
Here’s another example of the interesting local intertidal species we got to learn about, as part of the inter-disciplinary focus of our trip!
Learning about geography of Chatham island and local Songhees First Nation territory. The island has cultural and ecological significance, which were able to explore through ecocultural learning - part of the eco-cultural curriculum and place-based learning of LivingLab. This trip was made possible by PromoScience and the Horner Foundation. Other cultural learning included the history of the CRD area such as traditional foods.
We were also able to see the geography of the surrounding islands, and learn GPS and mapping skills in the process
Learning about history of ancestral THLCHESS Island from the Songhees Nation. We experienced ecocultural learning and of the cultural significance of the area through land-based education on traditional Lekwungen territory. This trip was with Songhees Academic Youth Leadership Students, part of the eco-cultural curriculum and place-based learning of LivingLab - made possible by PromoScience and the Horner Foundation. Other cultural learning included the history of the CRD area such as traditional foods.
We were fortunate enough to learn about the history of THLCHESS island from representatives of the Songhees Nation: Cheryl Bryce and Lyle Henry.
Heading back from eco-cultural learning at THLCHESS Island with the Songhees Nation, exploring life histories and intertidal biodiversity in the CRD. This trip was with Songhees Academic Youth Leadership, part of the eco-cultural curriculum and place-based learning of LivingLab - made possible by PromoScience and the Horner Foundation. Other cultural learning included the history of the CRD area such as traditional foods.
After a long and beautiful summer’s day, we made our way back from THLCHESS. Thank you to everyone involved in this trip that made the experience a success!

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