Karen Gabriel
Cultural Presenter

Karen is originally from Vancouver Island, from the Halalt Band near Cowichan Valley. She is now a member of the Kwantlen Nation. Karen is a grandmother of five. Karen has been presenting in the district for the past fifteen years.

Cultural Presentations

Bannock – Grade 1

Prescribed Learning Outcome:

Mathematics

  • Demonstrates and explains orally an understanding of “half” as part of a whole.

Science

  • Describes activities of Aboriginal people in B.C. in each seasonal cycle.

Karen will arrive with all the ingredients and materials needed for each student to make his/her own piece of Bannock. She will work with students in groups of six to ten. Each group will take approximately one-half hour. She talks about traditional Native foods as they compare to the Canada Food Guide.

Living in a Sto:lo Community – Grade 2

Prescribed Learning Outcome:

Social Studies – Society & Culture

  • Describe the historical development of various B.C. communities
  • Demonstrate an awareness of B.C.’s and Canada’s diverse heritage

Economy and Technology

  • Describe the development of various B.C. communities in relation to their location and availability of resources

Karen will introduce the students to seven replicas of Sto:lo tools and implements from the pre-contact era. The intent of the program is to show how the Sto:lo lived in the past and to explain that today, Aboriginal people live similar lives to us all. If time permits, Karen will play a game and teach a few basic Halq’emeylem words.

Bannock – Grade 2

Prescribed Learning Outcome:

Personal Development

  • Healthy living
  • Perform activities that support a healthy lifestyle
  • Identify a variety of foods that will meet their nutritional needs

Science

  • Use a variety of measuring instruments to gather accurate information

Properties of Matter

  • Distinguish between changes in matter that cannot be readily reversed and those that can
  • Identify properties of matter that may stay the same even when other properties change

Karen will arrive with all the ingredients and materials needed for each student to make his/her own piece of bannock. She will work with students in groups of six to ten. Each group will take approximately half an hour. She talks about traditional Native foods as they compare to the Canada Food Guide.

Animal Tracks, Scats & Skulls – Grade 2

Prescribed Learning Outcome:

Science

  • Describes how animals are important in the lives of Aboriginal peoples in British Columbia
  • Describes ways in which animals are important to other living things and the environment
  • Classifies familiar animals according to appearance, behaviour, and life cycles

Karen’s presentation will teach students that Aboriginal people used animals for many things, e.g. furs for trading, clothing, and blankets – bone for jewelry, tools, and games. She will be bringing in real animal scats and also will have vinyl replicas, real life size paws and tracks. Karen will also use the replicas to make imprints in cornstarch. She will talk about how children had to learn to identify signs of animals being around because they became the gatherers and hunters. Students will make an animal stamp to take home.

Plants in Our Environment – Grade 3

Prescribed Learning Outcome:

Life Sciences – Plant Growth and Changes

  • Classify familiar plants according to similarities and differences in appearance and life cycles
  • Describe ways in which plants are important to other living things and the environment
  • Describe how plants are harvested and used by Aboriginal peoples in B.C.

The students will learn about the different leaf shapes and ways to identify plants. They will learn how some plants were used by Aboriginal people. Karen will direct the class to make a leaf rubbing. They will also tie dye a piece of cotton with blueberries and food colouring. Emphasis will be placed on the dangers of eating wild plants that you don’t recognize.

Sto:lo Tools & Implements of Yesterday – Part I – Grade 4

Prescribed Learning Outcome:

Social Studies – Society & Culture

  • Demonstrate an understanding of contributions of Aboriginal people to Canadian society
  • Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of various Aboriginal culture in Canada

Economy and Technology

  • Describe traditional technology used by Aboriginal people in Canada

Karen will arrive with many traditional tools and implement replicas that were hand made by her late husband, Milton. All the items were created from authentic materials such as bone, stone, cedar, antler, and sinew. Karen will present each item and challenge the students to suggest what each was made from and what its use might have been. If time permits, Karen will play a game and teach a few basic Halq’emeylem words.

Sto:lo Tools & Implements Part II – Grade 4

Prescribed Learning Outcome:

Social Studies – Society & Culture

  • Demonstrate an understanding of contributions of Aboriginal people to Canadian society
  • Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of various Aboriginal culture in Canada

Economy and Technology

  • Describe traditional technology used by Aboriginal people in Canada

This session is the follow-up to Part 1. The students will make a pump drill replica. Karen will bring all the needed supplies for this project. The students will then work in groups of two and make another tool from recycled material which they need to bring to class (i.e. small pieces of wood, toilet roll centers, paper towel centers etc.)

“So It’s Edible” Plant Walk – Grade 4

Prescribed Learning Outcome:

Social Studies – Society & Culture

  • Demonstrate an understanding of contributions of Aboriginal people to Canadian society
  • Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of various Aboriginal cultures in Canada

Economy and Technology

  • Describe traditional technology used by Aboriginal people in Canada

Science

  • Life Science
  • Relate dietary habits and behaviour to an organism’s health

This is a two-part program. Karen will show a slide show presentation in the morning to introduce students to some of the traditional plant foods used by the Sto:lo. She will then guide the students on a plant walk at either Houston Trail or Campbell Valley. Time permitting; Karen may conduct a question and answer session back at the classroom.