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Salish Sea Sentinel | May 22, 2018

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Coast Salish Stories: Englishman River Story

January 29, 2018 |

Told by Celestine Aleck (Sahiltiniye) of Snuneymuxw First Nation

I recall hearing this story in the early 1990s from a friend of the family who hadn’t, at the time, believed in this story, but they had learned that this was … Read More

Culture is healing

November 29, 2017 |

On a brisk evening in Vancouver, a group of a few dozen Indigenous youth are gathered in the cozy basement of a downtown building eating salmon, getting to know each other and making drums with guidance from Squamish Nation cultural … Read More

Tracy Williams: Traditional technology

November 29, 2017 |

By Cara McKenna

Tracy Williams (Sesemiya) is kind of like a scientist and an artist mixed into one.

She’s been described as a “traditional technologist” which seems fitting given the intricate tools and garments she’s able to weave using things … Read More

Showcasing talent: NmTC artist directory seeks submissions

November 29, 2017 |

By Edith Moore, NmTC communications liaison

If you haven’t heard, Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council has a new Coast Salish Artists website that can be found at

The website is designed to be a celebration of our artists in the … Read More

‘Yos’ pole welcomes guests to Malahat territory

November 29, 2017 |

Story by Cara McKenna with files from Barclay Martin Photos by Barclay Martin

Trail-walkers who are taking in the beauty of Malahat Nation’s territory will now be greeted by a detailed pole that tells stories of the nation.

The “Yos” … Read More

Snake Island Story

November 29, 2017 |

Told by Celestine Aleck (Sahiltiniye) of Snuneymuxw First Nation

There are many versions of this story I have come across and this is the one I could grasp. This is Spencer Point’s version of Snake Island:

Long ago, and still … Read More

Snuneymuxw-carved house post for children and family unveiled

November 29, 2017 |

Photos and story by Cara McKenna

A newly revealed Snuneymuxw house post will serve as a permanent reminder of relationship building and respect between two organizations that share it.

The carving by Noel Brown now graces the entrance of the … Read More

Carving out a life: Richard “Tomahawk” Thomas on his unique style

October 28, 2017 |

By Cara McKenna

While many artists learn traditional styles through years of mentorship, Snuneymuxw carver Richard Thomas never really had teachers.

His artwork is largely personal rather than traditional, and his striking pieces are informed by his life experiences and … Read More

2017 Malahat Golf and Gala

October 28, 2017 |

Malahat Nation will soon have a new multipurpose centre after another successful fundraising gala on Sept. 29.

The community raised more than $247,000 through the event and hosted 240 guests, according to organizers.

The event was held at Bear Mountain … Read More

Slhexun’s tthu Xpey’: Kw’umut Lelum youth carving cedar canoe

October 28, 2017 |

Photos courtesy of Kw’umut Lelum

Indigenous youth in care are spending the next year transforming a cedar log into a traditional canoe under the guidance of Stz’uminus artist Luke Marston (Ts’uts’umutl).

Kw’umut Lelum Child and Family Services launched a new … Read More