“Imaginative play” is a term used to describe the way young children role play their various experiences and interests. This way of learning can involve other children and family members. What we endeavour to do is to provide our children, families, and educators a means to provide opportunities for imaginative play involving traditional activities embedded in local Indigenous culture. We have adapted, modified and created new ideas and patterns for objects to use in our learning spaces. Through this, we can create resources and activities that allow children to engage in imaginative play involving practical traditional life skills such as preparing fish for preservation.
Emma Joe is from a small community just outside of Merritt, B.C. She works as a coordinator at a local First Nations language immersion program for families with young children. She has a Certificate in Indigenous Language instruction, a BA in Sociology and English, and a BEd (Elementary). She is currently working on a MEd in Early Childhood Education. It is the intersection of family, education and employment that led to an interest in designing activities for young children to practice Indigenous language and culture based on traditional activities and teaching.