A Year at Hesquiaht Place of Learning


Over the next few weeks we are going to post some of the great things the students have been up to – in, out and around the school this year!



Apart from listening to Elders speak at the school and learning to butcher our catch after a hunt, in cultural studies we;

– visited Hooksum to see master canoe carver Joe Martin and his students steam a dugout canoe made from an 800-year-old cedar tree,

– flew over the traditional Hesquiaht territory with Atleo Air,

– raised coho salmon using a program designed by Nuu Chah Nulth educators,

– harvested local seafoods,

– went on a guided walk with Nuu Chah Nulth guide Gisele Martin to learn about the history of the Tofino area, local legends, and traditional uses of plants,

– learnt about First Nations in film and telling our story through filmmaking with Vancouver field-producer Alisen Hunt,

– talked about seasonal harvesting and created a poster to show which foods are harvested when,

– learnt about other First Nations across Canada through books and researching through the internet,

– talked about the 27 teachings of the Elders with Lisa Sabbas,

– became master photographers and storytellers with documentary photographer Alana Gregory, so that we can share modern Hesquiaht culture,

– and right now we are reading Hesquiaht legends and creating a claymation production to animate ‘The Man Who Was Mean to His Dog’.




In other areas of study the HPOL student’s have also shown their amazing talents;

– in looking after water on Water Day with Lisa Sabbas and Louis Sabbas,

– in cooking with Chef Bobby Lax,

– in pottery with local potter Daniela Petosa,

– in guitar with Anne Weeks,

– and in painting with local artist Julie Robson.



Many thanks to anyone who made the effort to visit and teach the students at Hesquiaht Place of Learning this year.

And well done students! As Grandpa Pat said, you can all keep your heads up, and be proud of who you are and everything you have achieved this year.


Photography by (in order of appearance): Donovan Williams, Rakaylyn Charleson, and Jacine Charleson.

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