kwu x̌ast

kwu ast is a pilot prevention program that creates a space for children to safely express and explore their creativity through a variety of art forms and settings. Participants will at times work in one large group, small groups or individually.

As a large group, children will come together to talk and decide about a group art project. While in small groups children will participate in role-playing games and a variety of fun activities to further develop their social interaction skills. Individual work may include working on one’s own art project. Such projects may include photography, shadow puppetry, theatre, singing and more. Some of these activities will take place on the land, to allow children to connect with nature.

kwu ast encourages children to expand their creativity while also learning new skills to express themselves, and become their authentic self through personal development.

The program focuses on four areas of personal development:

Build a foundation of knowledge in skills pertaining to Syilx culture.

To celebrate the authentic self through creativity and involvement with the group.

Encourage our children to explore themselves and to strengthen their capacity to more effectively and confidently communicate with others.

Learn to explore our own Syilx beliefs and values so they can know and express their own opinions.

How can I contact the kwu ast Coordinator?

The kwu ast Program Coordinator works with the community contact to arrange and plan delivery of the kwu ast Program. kwu ast is delivered at least one time a year in each community. For information contact the Coordinator.