My visit to the Splatsin community

In January I had the pleasure of spending several days with Splatsin community. Don and Deanna were wonderful hosts and I enjoyed the landscape and my time with community members. In particular, it was wonderful to see the creativity and energy that has gone into programming. The Splatsin Teaching Centre is a remarkable hub, filled with activities, ranging from small children to elders. I was lucky enough to attend a session of the Culturally-Based, Family-Centred Mental Health Promotion for Aboriginal Youth. There are few things that make this job more worthwhile than seeing and hearing from people on-the-ground how they are benefiting from and enjoying the program. Thank you to Splatsin for including me.

Joshua Moses, Project Coordinator


Deanna Leon from the Splatsin team shares some photos from the programme’s first graduation ceremony! While she is working on her blog post about the event, here’s a look at what the evening was like, with comments from Deanna. Thanks Deanna and Raven for the amazing photos!


The feast prepared by Erica and Kristi. Roast Baron of Beef, oven baked potatoes, vegetables, ceasar salad, buns, gravy and amazing cakeand cupcakes! (photo by Deanna)



The feast – we celebrated by having a dinner together surrounded by cedar boughs – to honor the youth and families. (photo by Deanna)


The Splatsin team: Co-Facilitator Jody Leon, Lead Investigator – Dr. Raven Sinclair, Facilitator Don Bennett, Elder Julianna Alexander. Missing Deanna Leon -Coordinator. (photo by Deanna)


All of the participants and their families were blanketed with Pendelton Blankets. One of the highest honors we can give. Participants were honored for participating for 16 weeks as part of a program that teaches them how to be stronger as people, stronger as families, stronger in their culture, stronger communication and decision making skills. They did a tremendous amount of work and self reflection. These families and youth are our future for a better tomorrow! Congratulations ♥ (photo by Raven)



It was great so see how hard the youth worked and their commitment to completing the program. Here is Maddie B, Craig B, Meagan B and Dallas B. So proud of you guys… our future leaders 🙂 (photo by Raven)

The Cardinal Clan – Candice, Vanessa C. Phoenix C and Orin C. Way to go!! (photo by Raven)


The drummers that honoured the youth and families and their achievements. Councillor Randy Williams, Bart Thomas, Julianna Alexander, Kukpi7 Wayne Christian and Marlene Squakin. (photo by Raven)






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