School District 70, in partnership with the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Education program, hosted the First Nations Spring Festival on Thursday, May 16 at Alberni District Secondary School.
The theme for this year’s festival was “Always remember your roots.”
The purpose of the spring festival is to showcase what students are learning in their schools and to celebrate Nuu-chah-nulth culture with students’ families and the community. Schools from across the Alberni Valley and the West Coast participated with presentations of songs, dances, drumming and more. There was also a display of First Nations culture and artwork in the lobby.
The festival, which takes place once every two years, has been running for more than 10 years, according to cultural development supervisor Richard Samuel.
Sage Dziekan-Gwilt and Mariella Huebner were the winners of the poster contest to advertise the spring festival.