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Salish Sea Sentinel | August 19, 2017

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Learning Hul’qumi’num

June 29, 2017 |

More than 100 students participated in this year’s Spup’titul Hul’q’umi’num Language Competition at Ladysmith Secondary School on June 1.

The group from School Districts 68 and 69 included both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students of all ages.

Fourteen teams spoke the … Read More

Raven John: Transformation & Art

June 29, 2017 |

By Tessa Vikander

Raven John’s namesake, the raven, is “a trickster, a teacher, a transformer,” something John relates to as a two-spirit artist and activist.

John – of Coast Salish (Sechelt) and Stó:lō (Chawathil) background — is a recent graduate … Read More

lessLIE: Modernizing Tradition

June 29, 2017 |

By Cara McKenna

For Coast Salish artist lessLIE, even his name is a well-crafted piece of art.

“My colonized, Catholic, Canadian name is Leslie Robert Sam,” he introduces himself. “And my decolonized artist name is lessLIE.”

The self-given name has … Read More

Indigenous Peoples Day celebrated

June 29, 2017 |

On June 21, events were held in Coast Salish communities and across Canada in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day (formerly Aboriginal Day).

Stz’uminus, Snuneymuxw and Cowichan members were part of one event at Transfer Beach Park in Ladysmith, with … Read More

Plant medicine

June 29, 2017 |

Story and photos by Tricia Thomas

Traditional medicine is being sought after by more people who are choosing not to use pharmaceuticals for maintaining good health. Many of us have developed a reliance on Western medicine; however, we are learning … Read More

New cultural tour begins at Homalco

June 29, 2017 |

Cascading waterfalls, glacier-fed teal ocean water and mountain ranges for miles. This is the home of the Homalco people, known to some as Orford Bay, located about two hours by boat from Campbell River.

This year Homalco has partnered with … Read More

‘We are thinking about our kids’: UVic symposium visits T’Sou-ke

May 30, 2017 |

Guests visited T’Sou-ke Nation on May 5 to learn about the community’s forward- thinking ways as part of an ethnoecology symposium at the University of Victoria.

The four-day event was led by Indigenous plant and land use expert Nancy Turner.

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Tsleil-Waututh holds water blessing ceremony on Mother’s Day

May 30, 2017 |

Photos and story by Cara McKenna

Tsleil-Waututh Nation and allies celebrated Mother’s Day by honouring the one who has nourished, protected and housed all of us for millennia – Mother Earth.

The community held a water blessing ceremony at Whey-ah-Wichen … Read More

‘Salish Class’ ferries will soon sail B.C. waters

May 30, 2017 |

All three of BC Ferries’ new Coast Salish-adorned vessels will soon begin service for all to see, but Stz’uminus artist John Marston got to take a sneak peek of his work.

Marston created a design for the Salish Eagle, and … Read More

Talking trees: Coast Salish cultural tours begin in Squamish

May 30, 2017 |

Standing in front of a picturesque view of the Stawamus Chief Mountain high on the alpine, Iris Lewis (Chichitelwet) tells the story of a two-headed sea serpent that left its mark on the cliff face.

A young man from the … Read More