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The Six Cedar Trees

Six Cedar Tree Slideshow
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/author Celestine Aleck.
Cultural edits for the animal characteristics by Celestine Aleck and Terri Mack.

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: