Seed to Harvest, Language and Traditional Practices

In collaboration with three communities; Skeetchestn Indian Band, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and Whispering Pines/Clinton Indian Band, the Q’wemtsín Health Society (QHS) has created a series of videos to promote growing and sharing food in their communities.  Working with students, teachers, Elders, and knowledge keepers, each video teaches skills about foodways to encourage knowledge sharing and healing.  

These videos promote healthy local food in school and were made for students, teachers, and the whole community.  The videos provide information on different aspects of gardening and teachings of the Secwepemctsín language.  With 7 videos planned in total, a variety of topics will be covered in the series. One video in the series teaches about harvesting a moose.

We’re pleased to share the first 4 videos in the series:

Please note: the videos are available only in English at this time.

Introduction video: Elkstwécw ne tmicw – Working Together On The Land (5.11 mins)

This video provides an introduction to the topics in the series of videos.  Topics will include the focus on youth, transplanting, germinating, harvesting, companion planting, harvesting of a moose and teaching the Secwepemctsín language.


QHS Gardening Video 1 – Starting Seeds (15.30 mins)

With the help of students and staff, this video shares information on germinating, seed starter mix, reading a growth chart, and more. 

QHS Gardening Video 2 – Preparing the Garden (5:17 mins)

The students and teacher present what they have learned about water bottle planters, transplanting, direct sowing, and more.

QHS Gardening Video 3 – Transplanting & Garden Tips (11:07 mins)

Staff help students learn about sunlight-based organization, transplanting, attracting pollinators & avoiding pests, transplanting potato halves and more. 

There are more videos in this series to come that will cover topics like composting, caring for the garden and harvesting!  Please stay tuned for more videos which are planned to be released with the changing seasons. 

We hope you enjoy these videos as much as we do! 

Please share the videos with your network! 

In 2019 QHS received a Farm to Cafeteria Canada Learning Circle grant which ignited a spark for developing a local Indigenous Food Sovereignty plan for the communities.  Learn more about their learning circle here.     

The Skeetchestn Community School and Sk’elep School of Excellence are also recipients of Farm to School Canada Grants (2020) and their students are featured in this video series, which is part of the growing momentum to realize the community’s Indigenous Food Sovereignty plan.

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