West Van students attend blessing ceremony
Last week, students and staff at West Van’s Ridgeview elementary and members of the Squamish Nation participated in a blessing ceremony and unveiling of a new canoe carving that will be displayed in the school foyer.
Students worked directly with artist Wes Nahanni (pictured above in green ceremonial blanket) on the project. This initiative, like the recent renaming of Gleneagles elementary, is the result of the Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement signed by WVSD two years ago.
These projects have been led by director of instruction Lynne Tomlinson and assistant superintendent Warren Hicks, pictured at right, who is retiring this year after 24 years in the West Vancouver School District and 10 years in North Vancouver.