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Salish Sea Sentinel | September 20, 2017

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Walking two roads

July 29, 2017 |

By Cara McKenna

Vancouver Island University seems nearly empty during a day in mid-June, shortly after classes wrapped up for the year.

When Troy Barnes arrives as the school’s Shq’apthut gathering place, he’s sharply dressed in a suit and tie, fresh … Read More

Learning Indigenous language positive for health, research shows

July 29, 2017 |

By Kristy Williams, Indigenous Family Doctor

Williams, a new doctor, attended a Hul’qumi’num language class at Snuneymuxw to learn from elders as part of a research project during her final year of studies at the University of British Columbia. … 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

Tsleil-Waututh elder receives award for visionary work

June 29, 2017 |

Tsleil-Waututh elder Margaret George has been honoured for a lifetime of visionary work around education and community service.

George was honoured at Native Education College’s sixth annual awards gala to honour alumni. The event took place at Musqueam on June … Read More

Elders’ therapy work inspiration for healing garden

June 29, 2017 |

Outside of the Snaw-naw-as Health Centre on a sunny day, community elders Bonnie Jones and Debbie Bob are busy transferring plants into bigger pots.

“That was my exercise for today,” said Bob after she finished up the day’s replanting.

She … Read More

A new way forward for Klahoose

May 30, 2017 |

By Chief Kevin Peacey

Kevin Peacey was elected as the new chief of Klahoose First Nation in April after serving four years on council. His priorities for the nation include job creation, connecting the community and accountability.

I would like … Read More

Vancouver Island University valedictorian from Klahoose

May 30, 2017 |

Klahoose member Troy Barnes was valedictorian during a special graduation ceremony to honour Indigenous students at Vancouver Island University in April.

With a Bachelor in Arts in First Nations studies and history, Barnes spoke to several dozen other Indigenous students, … Read More

Young songwriters honoured at Stz’uminus

May 30, 2017 |

A group of Stz’uminus Grade 6 students have won a prestigious songwriting contest that meant performing for B.C.’s Lieutenant Governor.

Judith Guichon’s Sing Me A Song program invited amateur musical groups to write and sing an original song for Canada’s … Read More

Beloved former chief remembered through healing garden

May 30, 2017 |

Elder and longtime Snaw-naw-as chief David Bob always took care of his people, whether it was getting the nation’s health centre built or working to revitalize culture.

When he suddenly passed away in January, Bob was making progress on his … Read More