In its belief that all children have the right to grow up connected to their culture, SCCFS offers programming throughout the year that nurtures cultural identity development and provides a culturally safe space for this learning to take place. Programming each year includes:
- Earth Walkers Spring & Summer Break Cultural Camps
- Pro-D Day Cultural Programming (following SD #61 calendar)
- Winter Feast
- Nest to Wings Ceremony (for Indigenous youth leaving care)
- Youth and Elder Dinners (monthly during the school year)
- Other family friendly events
XE’XU T’ULUTS’THUT Youth Leadership (Sacred Circle)
The Sacred Circle Leadership Program began in 2008, and was initiated and developed by SCCFS. This program is a youth development initiative offered through the Cultural Programs department. The main tenet of Leadership has always been a focus on life-long learning to deepen one’s self-identity, sense of stewardship and responsibility for one’s own growth. The ability to support our youth has been the driving force behind our desire to understand and reclaim our identity as Indigenous peoples. XE’XU T’ULUTS’THUT fills an important gap in our young people’s lives whether they are First Nations, Metis or non-Indigenous; a key responsibility for us is to support the holistic development of an educated citizen.
Sacred Circle and the Evolution of Leadership*
Sacred Circle and the evolution of Leadership
In August 2012, we received our new name “XE’XU T’ULUTS’THUT Youth Leadership”. We are eternally grateful to Mena Pagaduan, a Hul’qumi’num instructor in Quw’utsun territory who met with Elders to discuss the meaning and translation of “Sacred Circle” into the Hul’qumi’num Language. XE’XU T’ULUTS’THUT Youth Leadership builds and supports healthy culturally relevant youth programming focused on indigenous ways of being and healthy youth development practice.
Xe’Xu T’uluts’thut is a comprehensive, culturally based youth leadership development program that has evolved in response to youth voice, ongoing community conversations, student internships and participatory action research in social work and child and youth care. Xe’Xu T’uluts’thut provides the necessary preventative stepping stones that will give youth a foundation to build lifelong skills that will enrich their own lives and support the changing tide of Indigenous achievement.
The Xe’Xu T’uluts’thut logo was designed by Ray Sim, a member of the Musqueam First Nation. Ray designed this logo for SCCFS initially for the “All my Relations Coalition” of urban Indigenous and non-Indigenous agencies working in solidarity in the greater Victoria area. Xe’Xu T’uluts’thus was granted full access to this beautiful logo and are proud to continue the legacy of our vision of vibrant communities based on equity, inclusion, generosity, and opportunity.
We are always open to new ideas, resources, and resource materials. Drop us a line if you would like to send us any suggestions regarding our Pro D Cultural Camps! Why? Well, we believe in lifelong learning, innovation, fostering a sense of strong identity in our children and youth while having fun while practicing enthusiasm!
Phone: (250) 383-2990 Fax: (250) 383-2509 Toll Free: (855) 383-2990