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Principal's Message

Nusdeh Yoh - Our Story Begins…

Sherman Alexie, celebrated Aboriginal author writes, "Life is a constant struggle between being an individual and being a member of the community" , just be you.

Let your story begin at Nusdeh Yoh- for you will make the dreams and hopes of our community.

And so it goes . . .

Our school is a welcoming home for all children from all backgrounds.  Our home is Lheidli T'enneh lands, the place where the rivers meet.  We celebrate our living aboriginal cultures and the strengths and values that they hold.  We value our culture and language, quality education, and our children and families.

Lheidli means the place where the rivers meet and flow together.  We the people of this place are Dakelh, or those who travel by boat.  Lheidli has always been a gathering and meeting place.  A place where people are welcomed, relationships built, trade and commerce grown, and children cared for.  Much has changed over the years and we've overcome many challenges but this spirit in the land and this place is still alive and well.

Nusdeh Yoh means "House of the Future".  The Nusdeh Yoh school is a place where we nurture our beautiful children.  We practice our living cultures and foster pride in where we come from.  We pull together as the ancestors of this land did.  We work well together for our generation and those yet to come.


Principal's Message


Welcome to Nusdeh Yoh Elementary – House of the Future!  We would like to acknowledge that we are on the unceded ancestral lands of the Lheidli T'enneh – it is here that we do our work, and honour the culture and history of their nation. 

We hope everyone has enjoyed the year so far and look forward to connecting with you all.  This year will continue building on welcoming students and honoured guests back to a safe and welcoming learning environment filled with positive experiences for all!  We are excited to continue to provide students, staff and families with first class learning opportunities, services, and supports.  We thank you for all the hard work (both physical and emotional) you have put in. We are here to support you! 

We are an Indigenous Choice school with approximately 180 students and 48 staff members.  Our work at the school is guided by our School Plan for Student Success as we continue to create meaningful change in the lives of our students and their families.  Embedded throughout all that we do is an awareness of and focus on the First Peoples Principles of Learning. 

In addition to the classroom instruction that takes place at Nusdeh Yoh, we are rich in the programming, supports and opportunities that our students receive some of which include:

  • Dakelh Language Instruction

  • Land based Learning Opportunities

  • On Ice Programs (Hockey & Learn to Skate)

  • Community Partnerships (Health & Wellness)

  • Afterschool Clubs (Art, Cooking etc.)

  • Balhlats
  • Maker Education

  • Music Education

  • Meals Program

  • Clan governance system among students (learning opportunity). 

We welcome everyone back for a successful and rewarding year at Nusdeh Yoh!