ABED: Learning through Song; Honouring MMIWG at the Katzie Longhouse

Join us for a day at the Simon Pierre Longhouse on Katzie First Nation.  The morning will be centred around learning the BC Song which was gifted to the province from Honourable Steven Point for use in the education system.  Honourable Steven Point and Dr. Gwendolyn Point will speak to the song and the Stolo people.  Coast Salish drummers will help teach the song to participants.  Please bring a drum if you have one.  In the afternoon, Anita McPhee, International Human Rights advocate, will speak to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Red Dress Day.  A traditional lunch will be served.  

Target Audience


To Bring/Important Notes

Recommendations to bring:

-A lap blanket for comfort (the longhouse has bench seating)

-A water bottle

-A drum if you have one (drums will be available in limited supply)


8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

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This workshops is held offsite at Simon Pierre Longhouse - 10946 Katzie Road - Pitt Meadows, BC - V3Y 2G6 - Canada


  • Skowkale First Nation
    Steven Point

    The Honourable Steven Point is the chancellor of UBC.  Mr. Point is a member of the Skowkale First Nation and has advocated for Indigenous people throughout his career.  Mr. Point is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, the Order of B.C, the Joseph H. Cohen Award from the Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation, a National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Order of Chilliwack, and honourary Doctorate of Laws degrees from the University of the Fraser Valley and Capilano University.

    Dr. Gwendolyn Point is currently the Knowledge Keeper for the BC Assembly of First Nations, a position she has held since 2015. She also served a term 2015- 2018 as The Chancellor for the University of the Fraser Valley. She has a Doctor of Education from Simon Fraser University, a Master’s in Education from the University of Portland, a Post Baccalaureate from SFU, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. She also has an Honorary Doctorate in Education from the University of Victoria. She served as Chatelaine for Government House and was an Honorary Patron in her role for numerous organizations with her husband who served as Lt. Governor for British Columbia. She has received a number of community awards for her contributions to Sto?:lo? language and Cultural education.

  • Annita McPhee

    Annita Mcphee is an Indigenous Facilitator from the Tahltan/Tlingit Nations, Motivational Speaker, and an International Human Rights Advocate. An expert in Aboriginal engagement and communications, Annita has facilitated numerous conferences and workshops at the community, regional, and national levels for government, industry, and First Nations. As an Advocate to stop violence against Indigenous Women, Annita attended the United Nations Global Leadership School for Indigenous WOmen and received her Diploma in International Program on Human Rights and Advocacy SKills. Annita's academic background also includes having a Degree in Law and a Bachelor of Social Work with Public Relations.