Students will explore multiple ways of knowing the beach environment through exploration of Hul̓q̓umín̓um̓* language, personal connections, and science. Learning opportunities include an in-depth look at plankton which connects the biosphere, hydrosphere, and Earth’s daily rotation. The concept of system sustainability is central to the learning in this module, also represented through the meaning of the Hul̓q̓umín̓um̓ phrase, Nuc̓ama:t ‘i c̓ic̓uwatl ‘i iyatl (pronounced NUTS-a-maat ee TseeTsaWatl ee EE-yah-tl), which translates to working together as one with positive relationships.
*The Hul̓q̓umín̓um̓ orthography (spelling system) used in this lesson is as recommended by the Snuneymuxw First Nation. For more information about the orthography and the relationship to pronunciation, please review this Hul̓q̓umín̓um̓ phonics webpage.
The traditional knowledge in this module comes from the three First Nations upon whose traditional territory Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools are situated on: Stz'uminus First Nation near Ladysmith and Chemainus, Snuneymuxw First Nation near Nanaimo, and Snaw’Naw’As First Nation near Nanoose Bay.