May Long Weekend

This May long weekend, the KVES campus will be closed Monday, May 20th for Victoria Day. Our campus will reopen Tuesday, May 21st.

A Brief History

Victoria Day traces its origins back to the early 19th century when Queen Victoria ascended to the throne of the United Kingdom in 1837. Her reign, which spanned over six decades, was marked by numerous milestones, including the expansion of the British Empire and the Industrial Revolution. As the Queen of Canada, Victoria played a pivotal role in the country's governance and development, earning her a place of reverence in Canadian history.

Upon her death in 1901, Canadians mourned the loss of their beloved monarch and sought to commemorate her memory. In 1845, the first celebration of Queen Victoria's birthday took place in Canada, and over the years, it evolved into the modern-day Victoria Day holiday.

The May Long Weekend

Victoria Day also marks the unofficial start of summer in Canada, known colloquially as the "May Long Weekend." As the weather warms and nature awakens from its winter slumber, Canadians take to the outdoors to enjoy activities such as camping, hiking, and picnicking. Whether it's lounging by the lake or firing up the barbecue, the May Long Weekend provides an opportunity for friends and families to create lasting memories. May Long Weekend also kicks off the camping season in the Northwest with the opening of such camping spots such as Furlong Bay.

Indigenous Traditions and Celebrations

As we celebrate Victoria Day, it's an opportunity to honour Indigenous traditions and contributions. Throughout Canada, Indigenous communities have vibrant cultures and ceremonies that celebrate the arrival of spring, the changing seasons, and the interconnectedness of all living beings. Incorporating Indigenous practices into Victoria Day festivities can foster greater inclusivity and understanding among Canadians.

Reconciliation and Reflection

In recent years, Canada has embarked on a journey of reconciliation with its Indigenous peoples, acknowledging past wrongs and working towards a more equitable future. Victoria Day can serve as a moment of reflection on this ongoing process, recognizing the resilience and strength of Indigenous communities in the face of historical injustices. It's a time to listen to Indigenous voices, learn from their experiences, and commit to building a more inclusive and just society.

Kitamaat Valley Education Society is regulated by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training (PTIB).

Online courses are offered by BIS Training and not by Kitamaat Valley Education Society. Students will
register and pay course fees directly to BIS Training. These online courses do not require
approval under the Private Training Act; A student may not file a claim against the fund
with the trustee in respect to the course or program of instruction.


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