Suwa'lkh is an alternative educational program with an Indigenous focus. It is open to students in grades nine to twelve. Suwa'lkh means 'New Beginnings' in the Hul'qumi'num language. Respect for Mother Earth, our environment, and one another is part of the Indigenous teachings at Suwa'lkh. A focus on Indigenous teachings helps to ground our students in the culture of our land, while helping them gain skills to help their emotional well-being and sense of self. We provide academic programming, outdoor education opportunities, and a self-paced learning environment.
A partnership with Outward Bound Canada allows Suwa'lkh to provide an extensive outdoor program, including day and overnight hikes, canoeing excursions, and survival skill classes throughout our province. These adventures encourage our youth to build capacity, resilience, and leadership, all while rebuilding and strengthening their connection to Mother Earth.