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A smallpox story from Elder William Good (Tseskinakhen)

June 1, 2020 |

Above: Elder William Good (Tseskinakhen) and his son Joel Good stand with Snuneymuxw house posts they carved at St’litlup in 2018.

By Aunalee Boyd-Good 

As we find ourselves living during a global pandemic and adjusting to the new normal of COVID-19, I have … Read More

Snuneymuxw cancels Tribal Journeys gathering

April 3, 2020 |

Above: Pullers arrive at Lummi for Tribal Journeys 2019. File photo.

Snuneymuxw First Nation has cancelled hosting Tribal Journeys in 2020 because of COVID-19 concerns, the nation has announced.

The annual gathering was set to wrap up in Snuneymuxw territory … Read More

B.C. repatriation gathering will guide UN process

March 30, 2020 |

Above: Musqueam Elder Larry Grant opened the event.

Hearings held in B.C. will guide the United Nations when it comes to assisting Indigenous communities to repatriate cultural belongings and ancestral remains. 

During a two-day seminar at the University of British Columbia, the UN heard from experts and community members in B.C. and as far away as … Read More

Friendship between Sḵwxwú7mesh weaver, Emily Carr showcased in exhibit

March 30, 2020 |

Above: A portrait Emily Carr painted of Sophie Frank. Image courtesy of Vancouver Art Gallery.

A complex friendship between a famed Canadian artist and a Sḵwxwú7mesh basket weaver is being featured in a new exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery. 

The paintings of Emily Carr and weavings of Sophie Frank (Sewinchelwet) are on display alongside each other as part of a wider … Read More

Coast Salish knowledge-keepers guide SD68 framework

March 30, 2020 |

Above: Stz’uminus Elder George Seymour shares a song as his grandchildren look on.

By Cara McKenna

After a regular day at Cedar Secondary School, a group gathered in the foyer, listening to Stz’uminus Elder George Seymour tell a Coast Salish orca story.  

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Agreement means ‘new beginning’ for Indigenous students on Gulf Islands

March 30, 2020 |

Above: Students welcome their peers, teachers and guests to a ceremony at Salt Spring Elementary School on Feb. 26.

By David P. Ball

“Hay ch q’a’ Si’em’!” shouted and sang hundreds of Salt Spring Island children and their teachers in unison on Feb. 26, at the invitation of Cowichan Nation Elder Tousïlum.  

“Thank you … Read More

Snuneymuxw apparel raising funds for Tribal Journeys welcome figure

March 30, 2020 |

Eliot White-Hill wears the designs. Photos by Rachel Therriault.

By Julie Chadwick

It was a chance meeting at the night market in downtown Nanaimo that sparked an idea for a new clothing line aimed at encouraging a sense of local … Read More

TFN house posts unveiled at industrial site

March 30, 2020 |

Photos by Adrian MacNair 

Two new house posts have been unveiled on Tsawwassen Nation’s industrial lands outside of the Euro Asia Transload facility. 

The carvings by artist Bryce Williams were brushed with cedar during a blessing ceremony in late February. 

The posts were installed outside of the facility on 27B Avenue, with one near the road and other at … Read More

Long-awaited Homalco sign showcases Coast Salish culture

March 30, 2020 |

From left: Derek Georgeson, Elder Bill Blaney and Chief Darren Blaney. Photo by Todd Peacey.

A long-awaited sign that marks Homalco’s territory and identity has been unveiled outside of the nation’s reserve near Campbell River. 

The sign marking Xwémalhkwu (Homalco) lands was installed on the highway in late … Read More

SFU elects Sḵwxwú7mesh chairman

March 30, 2020 |

Photo: SFU

Simon Fraser University has elected a new chairman from Sḵwxwú7mesh Nation. 

Chris Lewis (Syeta’xtn) was first appointed to the board in 2014, and served as deputy-chairman before becoming chairman this year. 

The SFU board oversees the university’s administrative side including … Read More