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A few Acknowledgements

Two Cowichan Teachings:

Yath ch 'o' lhq'il

Be Positive

We want to encourage you to be positive as you practice the Hul'q'umi'num' language.

Don't give up!

Tl'i' tho' mukw' mustimuhw

Each person is important

We are grateful for the contributions of each person who shared their time and talents to create Happy Friends initiatives!

Our Happy Friends/

'Iiyus Siiye'yu partners:

Funding for CD1 from a legacy grant from the 2008NAIG games. Funding & distribution of CD #2 from Aboriginal Success by 6. 

Huy ch q'u to SD79 for distributing cd's and materials to educators in our district.

Happy Friends- 'Iiyus Siiye'yu

 was Co-created by:

Stephanie Peter &

Janette (Jan) Bruce

Please see the full list of contributors on our

Acknowledgements page.

 Our Happy Friends/'Iiyus Siiye'yu Group:
We are a group of musicians, songwriters, Hul'q'umi'num' language advisors, educators, parents, and children, who came together to create and produce 35 recordings on two CD's. These songs came about because of a shared passion to see the Hul'q'umi'num' language thrive and build strong community relationships.

Please check out our acknowledgements page for a full list of contributors.

Happy Friends/'Iiyus Siiye'yu Songs
are a collection of recordings to promote beginning learning of the Hul'q'umi'num' language, and build community relationships. They can be enjoyed by people of all ages and listened to as single songs or used in a 30 to 45-minute music & movement class. The music and movement program is designed using principals of the whole-child learning approach and allows for both individual or group learning explorations in domains such as physical, cognitive, social and emotional learning.

The Happy Friends/'Iiyus Siiye'yu curriculum gives opportunities for children to practice social skills, turn-taking, listening, responding to cues, cooperating in group activities, spatial awareness, gross and fine motor skills, keeping a steady beat, hand-eye coordination, self-expression, and more.

Though it was originally designed for families with children ages birth to age 6, older elementary age children have also enjoyed learning from the songs and teachers often pair them up with a younger buddy class. The recordings offer opportunities to hear the sounds of nature, cultural music, musical instruments, and the first language ever spoken in our area - Hul'q'umi'num'.  Happy Friends songs also allow a chance for family members and community to participate together, building and strengthening relationships.


      Social Media Links

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  • Happy Friends/'Iiyus Siiye'yu Songs & Activities in Hul'q'umi'num' & English
  • YouTube

Happy Friends in the classroom...

Our Videos: Please visit our YouTube and Facebook Pages for videos showing how these songs are implemented in classrooms by clicking on the social media links above. 

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