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Salish Sea Sentinel | May 21, 2019

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Hɛhɛwšɩn documentary premieres in Powell River

April 1, 2019 |

Photo: Sherman Pallen, Cyndi Pallen and Phil Russell.

By Cara McKenna and Todd Peacey

A documentary following Tla’amin’s Hɛhɛwšɩn canoe project made its debut during the Powell River Film Festival in mid-February. 

Hɛhɛwšɩn – The Way Forward follows the process of carving an eight-metre dugout canoe on a Powell River … Read More

Northern Coast Salish jam brings nations together

April 1, 2019 |

Photo: Sofia Blaney, centre, practices a traditional dance with Gail Blaney, right.

Photo by Todd Peacey

Members of at least five Northern Coast Salish communities came together for a group jam session in preparation for the summer canoe journeys. 

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Salish Eye Productions opens studio at Halalt

April 1, 2019 |

Photo: Salish Eye owner Tricia Thomas.

A Coast Salish digital design company has opened the doors of a new studio space at Halalt First Nation. 

Salish Eye Productions is owned by Halalt member Tricia Thomas (Laxelewetstnaat) and offers photography, videography, website design and more. 

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TWN house posts unveiled at Maplewood Flats

April 1, 2019 |

Photo: Zachary George (Skokaylem) is pictured with one of the new house posts.

A pair of house posts has been unveiled at a wild bird sanctuary next to Tsleil-Waututh’s village as part of a wider push to decolonize the space. 

The posts … Read More

Squamish carvers build canoe at CapU

April 1, 2019 |

Photo: Ann Whonnack brushes the log with cedar during a ceremony at CapU on Feb. 25.

Photos and story by Cara McKenna 

A classical Salish-style canoe is being carved at Capilano University after a blessing ceremony that prepared the log for its transformation. 

The nine-metre canoe … Read More

Homalco moves forward with clean energy plan

April 1, 2019 |

Photo: B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change George Heyman speaks at Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council’s Indigenous Green Economy Conference in Vancouver on March 13. 

Homalco First Nation has received $140,000 in provincial funding to implement a community energy plan. 

The plan promotes efficient energy consumption and savings, and is being supported … Read More

Elder profile: Homalco’s Vera Peacey

April 1, 2019 |

By Edith Moore, NmTC communications liaison 

Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council is run with guidance from an Elders Council with representatives from its 11 member nations. The Salish Sea Sentinel is profiling a new elder from the council each month.

When I sat down with Homalco Elder Vera Peacey, she … Read More

International Indigenous language conference comes to Victoria

April 1, 2019 |

Wanosts’a7 (Dr. Lorna Williams) speaks at VIU in 2018. File photo.

A major international conference on Indigenous language revitalization will be held in Victoria this summer. 

The three-day event is being held to commemorate the fact that the United Nations has declared 2019 … Read More

Coastal Dance Festival showcases talent from B.C. and beyond

April 1, 2019 |

Squamish Nation dance group Spakwus Slolem were one of many groups to perform during the Coastal Dance Festival this year. Submitted photo. 

Diverse Indigenous dance groups from as far as Australia performed during this year’s Coastal Dance Festival in the Lower Mainland.  

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Musqueam flag raised at UBC

April 1, 2019 |

Photo: UBC

Musqueam Indian Band’s flag has been permanently raised at the University of British Columbia. 

The flag, being flown beside the UBC and B.C. flags, was raised by two Musqueam students during a ceremony on Feb. 25.  

The university’s main campus is located … Read More