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Salish Sea Sentinel | July 21, 2018

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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

Snuneymuxw artist honoured for saving traditional style

April 27, 2018 |

By Julie Chadwick

When Coast Salish artist and carver William Good first started out, there weren’t many other Snuneymuxw artists creating in their own traditional style.

“We did a lot of artwork but it wasn’t really our artwork, our own … Read More

Weekly program empowers girls at Malahat Nation

April 27, 2018 |

By Cara McKenna

A weekly group at Malahat Nation is empowering girls ages eight to 14 through culture, critical thinking, food and feminism.

The program called Circles of Care-Circles of Courage has been running each Thursday at Malahat for nearly … Read More

Maintaining our rivers

April 27, 2018 |

By Celestine Aleck (Sahiltiniye), Snuneymuxw First Nation

Before colonization, we as Coast Salish people always took care of our own territory. We did this to give back to Mother Earth, who has always taken care of us. In our village … Read More

Revitalizing sharing, gifting and trading

April 27, 2018 |

By Andrew Bak, Tsawwassen First Nation

Coast Salish people had always been wealthy.

From time out of mind, our ancestors lived in the big houses, which were strategically located within our territories; close to the waters which gave us sustenance, … Read More

Homalco members visit historic masks

April 27, 2018 |

Photos and story by Todd Peacey, Homalco First Nation

In 2010, I discovered some Homalco First Nation-carved masks—said to be the oldest known existing masks from our community—were being housed at the Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria. The masks are … Read More