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Salish Sea Sentinel | September 24, 2018

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The Elder Project: Agnes Padilla

June 27, 2018 |

By Beatrix Taylor, Ladysmith Secondary School Students in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district recently interviewed Vancouver Island elders and wrote poems about their lives for two recently released poetry books. The initiative was part of The Elder Project, an effort started … Read More

Coast Salish Stories: The first stage of life

June 27, 2018 |

By Celestine Aleck (Sahiltiniye) of Snuneymuxw First Nation

Lately, the topic of “the first stage of life” has come up while I have been talking to other Indigenous mothers. In Coast Salish teachings, the first stage of life refers to … Read More

Tla’amin welcomes 15 new babies

May 30, 2018 |

Tla’amin Nation welcomed 15 of their newest members on April 6 with a baby welcoming ceremony at the community’s Salish Centre.

The ceremony was for all of the babies born into the community in 2017.

During the event, the babies … Read More

Nations collaborate for ‘Culture at the Centre’ exhibit

May 30, 2018 |

An exhibit on display at the Museum of Anthropology until October aims to educate on the work of five B.C. Indigenous cultural centres.

The Culture at the Centre exhibit brings the work of the distinct nations together, showcasing their unique … Read More

Snuneymuxw River Story

May 30, 2018 |

Told by Celestine Aleck (Sahiltiniye) of Snuneymuxw First Nation

Long ago, there was a time when we never had any sockeye in Nanaimo River, so the Thunderbird, Eagle, Otter, Mink and Beaver all got together to decide how we would … Read More

Cans for a cause

May 30, 2018 |

By Todd Peacey

On any given lunch hour, Homalco Chief Darren Blaney can be seen combing the side of the highways in the Campbell River area collecting empty cans and bottles.

But he’s not just cleaning up people’s litter. Darren … Read More

Hɛhɛwšin: Community paints Tla’amin canoes

May 30, 2018 |

Photos and story by Cara McKenna

Editor’s note: While covering a canoe painting ceremony at Klah ah men (Lund) for the Salish Sea Sentinel, I was honoured to be called forward as one of several witnesses for the event. Since … Read More

Healing through dance: production brings Coast Salish story to life

May 30, 2018 |

Photos and story by Cara McKenna

An upcoming dance production will tell a Coast Salish story about the sun and moon through movement and music.

A contemporary dance titled The Sun and the Moon is based on Snuneymuxw author Celestine … Read More

‘Ignorance is no accident’: UBC apologizes to residential school survivors

April 27, 2018 |

By Cara McKenna

The education system has perpetuated ignorance around residential schools and therefore must bear part of the responsibility for the damage inflicted on survivors and their families.

That was the message that guests heard at the opening of … Read More

Students, elders connected through poetry

April 27, 2018 |

By Cara McKenna

High school students Amos Harris and Isobel Smith each held one of Stz’uminus Elder Buffy David’s hands as they walked across the stage of the Port Theatre in Nanaimo on April 4.

The Ladysmith Secondary students wrote … Read More