The Six Cedar Trees

Connecting Six Cedar Trees to Indigenous Content
The Six Cedar Trees to clarify is a book with Indigenous art by Celestine Aleck and the content written by Margot Landahl, a teacher, is connected to BC's redesigned curriculum, Core Competencies and is not considered specifically Indigenous. 
Here are some examples of connecting the animals to indigenous content -  cultural presentatons and local language powerpoint both by Shannon Campbell, an Indigenous Support Worker in SD71. 
Click below for locally created Powerpoint on the Six Cedar Trees:
  • ​Kwak'wala and Sliammon language included
  • anchored in indigenous knowing
  • connection to core competencies ​​​​​​
What lessons can we learn from our Pacific Northwest Coast animals? This is the question Eagle explores as he settles in a tall grove of cedar trees nestled in the corner of a school playground. The Six Cedar Trees allows readers to understand the characteristics and habits of six Pacific Northwest Coast animals and how these animals can help them develop a deeper understanding of themselves.
Beautifully illustrated animals by Coast Salish artist Celestine Aleck.

Connecting the Six Coast Salish Animals to BC’s Core Competencies

A teacher form Delta has created this website to share her personal Inquiry into the Six Cedar Trees book. Check out  her website by clicking here​Six Cedar Trees or on the title above.

The Six Cedar Trees, grew out of a personal inquiry into British Columbia’s Core Competencies and a school inquiry into the The First Peoples Principles of Learning. Each animal has been chosen carefully as an “anchor” to teach children holistically, ways of being a reflective, compassionate and well-adjusted person connected through a sense of social responsibility and compassion for place and people. 

The teacher librarian at her school created the following document:


Check out this Kindergarten teachers blog, Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes, and see how she is using The Six Cedars Book in her classroom.  Good for any age!

BC Core Compency Posters: