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Salish Sea Sentinel | May 22, 2018

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Sisters in Spirit: MMIWG remembered during annual vigil

October 28, 2017 |

An annual vigil to honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls this year came in the midst of Canada’s long-awaited national inquiry into the problem.

Several people who attended the Sisters in Spirit vigil on Vancouver’s … Read More

$13.5 million for Indigenous students at VIU

October 28, 2017 |

Vancouver Island University has announced $13.5 million in funding that will support Indigenous students both financially and through new programs.

The university has partnered with the Rideau Hall Foundation and Mastercard Foundation to create new opportunities for Indigenous learners after … Read More

The revival of Coast Salish weaving

September 29, 2017 |

Story and photos by Tessa Vikander

The art of weaving Coast Salish blankets is a skill that’s thriving today, thanks to dedicated teachers like one husband-and-wife team from Squamish Nation who recently launched a book about their craft.

Hereditary Chief … Read More

NmTC helps Team B.C. bring home soccer gold

September 29, 2017 |

By Penny Baird, Tsawwassen First Nation

A huge thank you to Naut’sa mawt Trial Council and their partners!

Team B.C. U16 Girls soccer team competed at the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in July with funding support from Naut’sa mawt … Read More

Remembering the Snaw-naw-as community hall

September 29, 2017 |

Snaw-naw-as First Nation’s beloved community hall was left in ashes after an early morning fire on Aug. 19.

No people were harmed and firefighters managed to save important cultural items that were stored in the basement. But losing the gathering … Read More

Musqueam welcoming figure ‘Si’em’ unveiled at SFU

September 29, 2017 |

A Coast Salish welcoming figure carved by Musqueam artist Brent Sparrow has been unveiled at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

The piece, adorning the entrance of the university’s downtown campus, was revealed during a celebration on Sept 6.

It’s part … Read More

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