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Cultural & Traditional Well-being Team
Entsa Txwoalt’malh Katherine Holly Joseph
Nsaliltima saopolaoz muta7 siskwi
My parents are Rosie and Joe Joseph
I spent the first part of my life learning the culture of our people. my parents took to see many things on the land To see sacred sights, where the utsimalh –transformers touched the land and told me family stories of these magical places. On our treks to these locations my parents took turns telling family history or legends that explained the changes on the land. I would ask so many questions that even my parents had to go and ask the elders. We spent many Sunday afternoons visiting.
I started to learn cedar root basket weaving when I was three I made my first basket when I i was 6 my mom made me burn it, she said this would ensure that I would want to make more. When I was a child I had to go and visit elders every Sunday after church I visited for two hours. Summers were for picking and harvesting for the winter so as a family we went out most evenings to go out picking.
I graduated from Ts’zil in 1986, I was part of the last graduating class of that school I then went on to do many jobs including cashier, coffee barista, busser, waitress, and a tour guide at the SLCC.
I received a certificate to teach ucwalmicwts and our culture 2015 I also took the Administration certificate program.
Qaq-wam “Young Wolf” is my Ucwalmicwt name. Christopher Thomas Wells is my English name. My clan is the Grizzly and Black Bear Clan. I’m from the Lil’wat Nation and I’m part of the St’at’imc Nation. I, Qaq-wam am one of the spiritual leaders for the St’at’imc First Nation and conduct ceremonies throughout the territory. I am one of the lead singers of the St’at’imc songs and dances and a world renowned dancer and performer. In the past I have travelled across North America and overseas to perform on many occasions. In addition, I have had the honour of serving Lil’wat Nation as a member of Chief and Council for two terms. For the past 11 years I continue to work as a cultural teacher and outreach worker for youth in the school system. I have also worked for many years for the Southern St’at’imc Health Society working to bring culture and healthy living to the communities of the Lower Lakes and N’quatqua. My sole purpose in life is to pass on all the rich knowledge I have gained over the years from our elders and spiritual leaders from past to present.