Jan 28, 2020—West Kelowna, BC: Traditionally children are the centre of Syilx society. They are the hub around which all else is ordered. Dr. Bill Cohen explains: “The People-to-be, the children and youth ages 0-17, are in the centre of the Sqilxwlcawt extended family system. Kids learn to be Squilx and the skills and knowledge […]
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