June’s traditional name is ‘Um’agalis. She is from the Wewaikai Nation, Cape Mudge, the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Dick) Peters. She is an elder in the community, the mother of two and grandmother to six. She completed her Developmental Standard Term Certificate in Language Revitalization at UVic in 2009, going on to teach Liqwala/Kwak’wala language and culture in SD 72. She believes that teaching and learning together foster a sense of pride and belonging. As coordinator of the Ligwiltach Elders and Youth Culture Group, she teaches youth the cultural protocol of the Big House and traditional dances. She also teaches First Nations traditional plants and medicinal workshops, blanket making, traditional food cooking and cedar weaving.
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