Teaching Resources

These resources have been developed by the Aboriginal Education Department for enhancement and integration.  Permission is granted for the duplication of these resources for educational and non- profit uses only. For all other duplications or uses please contact Aboriginal Education Department, School District #79 Cowichan Valley.

Coast Salish Design Elements

We have made the following Clip Art available. Select the links to download a folder containing Coast Salish design elements.

PDF Files
PNG Files

Spirit Pole

Spirit Pole design and illustration by Carey Newman

Snuhwulh/Canoe cut out

This is in the Salish inspired canoe that can be cut out an glued together.

Bent Cedar Boxes print outs

These templates could be used when teaching students the story of the  S-hwu-hwa’us (Thunderbird)  and Q’ul-lhanumutsun (Killer Whale).  This story is central to the Cowichan People.

Alphabet Book

‘Uy’ netulh (Good Morning) ‘Uy’ skweyu (Good Day) ‘Uy’ Snet print outs

Orange Shirt Day

This pdf file contains information and links to resources that will support schools in recognizing Orange Shirt Day

Coast Salish House Posts

This is a hands on craft activity for younger students.  The package also includes the information necessary to talk to students about the difference between “Totem Poles” and Coast Salish House Posts.  We would like to thank Laura Antione, Wendy Charles, Stuart Pagaduan and Kim Anderton for their contribution to this activity.

Sht'aal'us Colours print out

This book was created to support students learning colours in Hul’q’umi’num’.  Students can can colour the images and write the Hul’q’umi’num’ below.  When cut along the dotted line it can be bent into a small booklet.

Quw’utsun Syw’entst Banner

We would like to thank Cowichan Tribes and the Elders Committee for permission to share these teachings in our schools.  We would also like to thank Rita George-Green for creating the banner and her work with Cowichan Tribes.

Alphabet with Salish Design

Created by Rita George Green

Hummingbird Alphabet

By Rita George Greene & Stuart Pagaduan

Aboriginal Veterans

This document highlights contributions of Aboriginal peoples to the Canadian Military.  Links to government publications and local newspaper articles are included Aboriginal_Veterans.pdf

Coast Salish Image Library

Our Coast Salish image library was created to provide our schools with authentic images that are done in the style of the local First Nations. The Cowichan Valley School District’s Stuart Pagaduan along with Maynard Johnny Jr. created these images.  

Black and white with border 

Black and white outline with border

Black and white with no titles

Colour with titles

Colour with no background 

Colour with no titles

Outline with no colour


This was a collaborative project between myself, the Indigenous Education department and a sweet little group of Kindergarten children who were enjoying a super-low tide on a beautiful spring day

Social Media

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Video Resources

Spend some time with Cowichan School District Elder Dolly Sylvester while she helps us understand more about the Cowichan culture or learn some the ‘Hul’q’umi’num’ Word of the Week’