Huyat – Our Voices. Our Land.

Bella Bella, British Columbia (January 24, 2019) – The release of an audiovisual immersion into millenia-old Heiltsuk teachings and language is being celebrated with the opening of a Húy̓at exhibit and launch of a new interactive website this Friday (January 25). Media are welcome at the event starting at 11am at the Saywell Hall 10075 (main floor), SFU campus.
Húy̓at: Our Voices our Land ( is an audiovisual tribute to Húy̓at (pronounced: hoy-ett), a 6,000 year old village site where Heiltsuk conduct important cultural work, including sharing traditions and language with their children. Through the blending of video, photos, personal testimony, oral traditions and an interactive map, users experience firsthand the inextricable connection between land and culture that has defined the Heiltsuk for over 14,000 years.
“Understanding is fundamental to the reconciliation process. Reconciliation with Heiltsuk or any of the nations up and down this coast means understanding what it means to be connected to the land,” says Heiltsuk Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett. “The Húy̓at website is dedicated to our children, community, and ancestors, but it is a resource for all seeking to better understand First Peoples’ culture and our connection to our homelands.”

Using the site, visitors can:

• practice the Heiltsuk language as they take a self-guided tour of the landscape;
• watch and listen to recordings of Elders and knowledge keepers recount Heiltsukstories, teachings, and cultural fundamentals;
• explore an in-depth timeline of Heiltsuk history and a parallel accounting ofobstacles to cultural learning faced by modern Heiltsuk; and
• hear Elders, knowledge keepers and others speak openly about their connection to Húy̓at.


Which Wildcat Reads?




The Wildcats Read titles are locating in the book case next to the library classroom door.

Ask if any of your classmates have read one – recommendations from friends is one to learn about a new book. 

Read the summary and comments on the back of the book – something their might click.

Watch book trailers on publishers sites and other sites like youtube.

Read book reviews.

Check in Titlepeak on Central’s library catalogue – it includes summaries and book reviews.

Sources: publisher sites


2018/2019 Wildcats Reads Announcement

Our titles:
A Blinding Light (Julie Lawson)
After the Shot Drops (Randy Ribay)
Astonishing Color of After (Emily X. R Pan)
Bronx Masquerade (Nikki Grimes)
Leah on the Offbeat (Becky Albertalli)
Long Way Down (Jason Reynolds)
Love, Hate & Other Filters (Samira Ahmed)
Marrow Thieves (Cherie Dimaline)
Refugee (Alan Gratz)
Warcross (Marie Lu)

Thank you to our PAC for supporting our Wildcats Reads program.

Poet Laureate of the City of New Westminster, Alan Hill

(photo previously shared on Tweets by ‎@bbycentralSD41 )

Ms. Bains’ creative writing 10 class welcomes Poet Laureate of New Westminster, Alan Hill. Thank you for sharing poetry from your book The Narrow Road to the Far West: Travelling New Westminster by Postcard, and for inspiring us!


Early January, we had the wonderful opportunity to work with the Poet Laureate of the City of New Westminster, Alan Hill. Mr. Hill, Ms. Bains and I to create a new workshop for secondary students called ‘Exploring the Poetry of Place.’

Thank you to our Central student who suggested the name for this workshop.


Workshop Description: Come and explore and experience the power of writing about the significant places in your life. Create poetry that explores significant locations that are important to you and your life in our community. Improve your poetry writing skills and find out more about your City and the places that are important to the people that live here. Maybe that important place is your local park, store, café or historic site, or maybe it is a place that is much more personal to you? Come and share, create and learn.

Poetry of place is poetry which values locales, which sees and lets the reader experience what makes a place unique amongst places. Much contemporary poetry focuses on psychological states, feelings, intellectual concepts, or language play totally devoid of reference to the real, lived, sensually experienced and infinitely varied physical world. Poetry of place may focus on such interior subjects, but it lets us experience them more profoundly and more authentically because they’re rooted in a specific time and place.

Bio: Alan Hill is the Poet Laureate of the City of New Westminster and RCLAS President. Alan is the author of The Narrow Road to the Far West: Travelling New Westminster by Postcard (Silver Bow Publishing 2018). He has published three collections of poetry in addition to being published in over forty literary magazines and periodicals across Europe and North America.






Feburary has been busy

Our English department, along with students from our SOGI club hosted Ivan Coyote in the library for a day of storytelling.

We hosted Beyond STEM with presentations from Women in Science.

We will be hosting Carleen Thomas with aboriginal stories of some of our ELL students.


Haida Filmmaker Christopher Auchter visiting our library November 1



Short Film Screening and presentation by Haida filmmaker
Christopher Auchter

November 1 blocks 3 and 4.

The Mountain of SGaana is directed by Christopher Auchter, who co-wrote the story with Annie Reid. Sound design is by Chris McLaren; original music by Daniel Janke; and additional animation was created by Tara Barker, Marco Li and Sitji Chou. Associate producer is Teri Snelgrove. Executive producers are Shirley Vercruysse and Michael Fukushima. The Mountain of SGaana is a production of the NFB’s BC & Yukon Studio and launch in the fall of 2017. You are invited to read about Christopher Auchter on this blog posting from the National Film Board of Canada.