Hi, I’m Esther Morris from Tsartlip First Nation and I work with the WSANEC School Board as the Executive Assistant. My role with Living Lab is to help coordinate the WSANEC School Board engagement; we are currently focused on the new Indigenous Education and Resurgence Research Project. This project will re-connect our WSANEC peoples to Salish Sea relatives, such as Lekwungen and Lummi, supporting our community priorities for education, land rights and culture.
My own interests are being at home in this pandemic (sarcasm); remaining culturally active in our Coast Salish culture and traditions; keeping my children engaged in education, culture as well as passing along teachings that have been passed on to me from my parents and grandparents.
I think Living Lab is a great project coming alive that will be used for generations to come. My late grandfather, Ivan Morris Sr, was a key knowledge keeper and with the SENCOTEN language and education – being a part of this project has great meaning to me and I’m excited to see it all unfold for our learners to use for many years to come. Once this project is complete and being utilized in curriculum, it will have even greater meaning to the Coast Salish people.