Chilcotin 360

Nexwenen (our land)

(Xeni Gwet'in)

“We are people who matter.

Yes, it's true.

Now let's show the world what people who matter can do.”

Wab Kinew, Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:

We would like to acknowledge that we are conducting this project on the traditional territories of the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem (Dog Creek/Canoe Creek), the Tl'etinqox, and the Yuneŝit'in (Alexis Creek), the Ulkatchot'en (Anahim Lake) and the Xeni Gwet'in (Naghtaneqed) First Nations communities, and as such, hope to honor the language, and culture of those communities though the voices of the youth and by inviting participation of community members in the work we are doing!

ABOUT OUR PROJECT:

The Chilcotin Schools 360 project was an idea envisioned by teachers in the Cariboo Chilcotin school district 27's rural and remote First Nations schools. The project aims to give our Indigenous youth an opportunity to share their communities with the world. We will use technology including, Google Street View imagery, and well as Google Tour Creator to build 360 degree community tours that can be viewed through Google Expeditions, a free app that can be downloaded onto Apple and Android devices. As well, we will be taking 360 degree images of our communities to upload to Google Street View, so our communities can be virtually accessed and viewed by anyone in the world. As you can see on the map below, there are very few street view images that can be accessed throughout our vast and beautiful region. (Street view is marked in blue.)

We are building on the work of similar projects in other parts of Canada where Indigenous youth have been tasked with putting their rural and remote First Nations communities onto the map! Walk With Us is a project in Rural Northeastern Ontario, and The Hopedale, Nunatsiavut Virtual Reality Class is in Labrador, Newfoundland. A sincere thank you to those project leaders, Melissa Lavoie, and Curtis Oliver who willingly shared their ideas, processes and support!

Kucén (To wander/travel far away)

Secwèpemc

Hoonzoo

(a good/beautiful place)

Dakelh _ Southern Carrier

Our diverse communities are spread across a wide geographic area, and include the communities of Anahim Lake, Dog Creek, Alexis Creek, and Nemaiah. Open the map at left to learn more about each unique community.

The Cariboo/Chilcotin region is represented by 3 separate Indigenous languages: Dakelh _ Southern Carrier (Anahim Lake), Secwepemc (Dog Creek/Canoe Creek), and Tsilhqot'in (Xeni Gwet'in (Alexis Creek/Naghtaneqed). All 3 languages are considered endangered and throughout this project, we aim to highlight the language and cultures of the communities represented, by including the languages into the tours, and consulting communities regarding points of cultural and local importance that should be included in the tours. To learn more about our #thelastword27 project, a collaboration in 2018/19 to promote and celebrate the languages of our communities, visit our blog!

DID YOU KNOW?

Check out our infographic highlighting some facts about endangered and disappearing First Nations Languages

Our voices are louder together!! So awesome to walk in the footsteps of those leading the way! Once we get our virtual tours built, we will be adding our voice to the Walk With Us Project Community Map

WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR VOICE! (no literally, we do!) If you live in a rural or remote area of the Cariboo/Chilcotin, please tell us about why this is such a special place! Add your voice to one of our podcasts!

If you are a YOUTH living in the Cariboo/Chilcotin, tell us what is special about where you live and something you would like the world to know about your community!

TO SHARE YOUR VOICE,

1. Go to https://gosynth.com/s/c/iohbzc

2. Click the Log in/SignUp link, then choose "Session Only"

3. Enter the code: CKAPLTU, then enter your name.


If you are a First Nations community member or elder living in the Cariboo/Chilcotin, we really want to hear from you! Tell us about special places in your community, and leave a message to our youth! Share a word in your First Language! We may embed your story in our virtual tours!

TO SHARE YOUR VOICE,

1. Go to https://gosynth.com/s/c/ediizt

2. Click the Log in/SignUp link, then choose "Session Only"

3. Enter the code: ZPGVNUJ, then enter your name.