Mékw’ Scháy7áw7xw tse Schlá7ngen

The mission and vision of the Chelángen Department is to create a cohesive tribal community with strong cultural ties while preserving, promoting, and protecting our traditions, culture, and language.

In November 2015, the Chelángen Department was created by bringing together existing positions into one department with the goal of helping us work more cohesively and efficiently. The Chelángen programs include: 

Mékw’Scháy7áw7xw tse Schelá7ngen: (The Cultural Department)

This word “schelá7ngen,” has a complex set of meanings, including:

  • One's Upbringing
  • One's Background or genealogy
  • One's Personal History
  • One's Tribal History
  • One's Culture & Heritage
  • One's Oral Traditions & Teachings

The earlier days of the Samish Tribe’s organization points to the preservation of traditions and culture of the Samish Tribe (Samish Constitution 1951, Articles 1-5). The present Council felt the need to carry on with those earlier traditions and culture with meaningful input of the Samish staff.

During the late summer, administrative staff held a number of sessions addressing the need for a coordinated effort of the staff with the ‘Samish culture under one house’ concept. In keeping with the ‘updated ways’ of traditions and culture, the Mékw’ Scháy7áw7xw tse Schelá7ngen or “Cultural Department” was created.

The mékw’ scháy7áw7xw means ‘all offices,’ (e) tse schelá7ngen means ‘(of) the culture,’ therefore the Mékw’ Scháy7áw7xw tse Schlá7ngen means ‘The Culture Department.’

International Stand Up to Bullying Day – November 15, 2019

by Cultural Connections | Nov 14, 2019

Silhouette of people holding hands in front of a heart symbol - text says "stop bullying"
Did you know that one in four children and adults experience bullying as part of life at home, school, work, community events, the grocery store, or other places?

There are several forms of bullying: Physical, Verbal, Social, Cyber, Emotional, Racist, Sexual.

Bullying, a form of abuse defined as an aggressive behavior that causes pain or harm to another, may be non-physical, but it is always traumatic. As a result of bullying, children and adults can experience problems that can last a lifetime such as an inability to concentrate, productivity issues, insomnia, anxiety, and depression, among other effects.

Bullying takes many faces such as:

  • Making belittling remarks or observations
  • Gossiping or lying about another person
  • Loudly disagreeing, so that it intimidates others
  • Finding fault often in others and talking about it
  • Obvious lack of respect for others

Bullying affects many people: the bullied, the bully, bystanders, peers, and family. Although bullying has several different faces, there are characteristics of bullying that are similar:

  • People that are unique in some way are at risk
  • There is no single profile of a bully
  • There is a distinct power imbalance

There is a lot to be learned about bullying and how to prevent it. One thing that is agreed upon is that bullying is victimization, not conflict. It is a powerplay by a person that is looking for control. One method of trying to stop bullying is a zero-tolerance policy. Using methods that seek to learn what trauma lies behind behaviors that lead to bullying is the most effective way to address the root of the problem and to find solutions. Bullying is a harmful relationship problem and the effective ways to address bullying must involve relationship solutions.

A few things that have been shown to work are:

  • Creating an environment where students and employees know each other and care
  • Commitment by leaders to change the norms around bullying
  • Developmentally appropriate and proportional consequences
  • Always modelling respectful behavior

For more information, visit:

Lamb, J., Pepler, D. J., & Craig, W. (2009). Approach to bullying and victimization. Canadian family physician Medecin de famille canadien, 55(4), 356–360.

American Psychology Association. "Bullying prevention: Creating a positive school climate and developing social competence." http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/11330-000

Orpinas, P., & Horne, A. M. (2006). Bullying prevention: Creating a positive school climate and developing social competence. Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association.


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