Cheam First Nation
Building Reciprical Relationships and Honouring Indigenous Learning
The value of living and learning in community is clearly evident in the successful partnership forged between Cheam First Nation and Indigenous Governance (IGOV). Cheam (Pilalt), a Sto:lo community located on the Fraser River is focused on its resurgence as a nation particularly in the areas of governance and its traditional salmon fishery. Cheam and IGOV have developed a mutually beneficial relationship that has seen students live and work in the community to further the regeneration of Pilalt nationhood. Under the mentorship and supervision of Elder June Quipp, students working on their Community Governance Projects (CGP) have had the remarkable experience of witnessing firsthand the realities of governance and daily life in an Indigenous community, while engaging in community-based research that contributes to a research need identified by the community.
and Ric Quipp (center back)