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Salish Sea Sentinel | August 4, 2020

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CULTURE

Tla’amin healing walk held in memory of Chantel Moore

July 29, 2020 |

Photo by Alex Sutcliffe 

A healing walk was held in Tla’amin territory to honour the memory of a Tla-o-qui-aht woman who was killed by police. 

Chantel Moore, 26, was shot by an officer during a wellness check at her home in Edmundston, N.B., in early June. 

After the … Read More

Kus-kus-sum estuary timeline

July 29, 2020 |

Circa 1,300 years ago and onwards — Estuary used to fish by local Indigenous people using traditional methods such as weirs. 

Late 1940s — Site cleared of trees to make way for Field Sawmill. 

1949 — Field Sawmill moves from former … Read More

Kus-kus-sum: K’ómoks estuary set to be restored after decades of industrial damage

July 29, 2020 |

Above: K’ómoks artist Andy Everson stands among ancient fishtraps at the nation’s village site at low tide.

By Cara McKenna and David P. Ball

Beside the Courtenay River in K’ómoks territory, an abandoned sawmill site interrupts what would otherwise be a picturesque … Read More

B.C. allocates $500K for Indigenous repatriation grants

July 29, 2020 |

Above: Indigenous belongings at the Museum of Anthropology. File photo.

A range of new grants will soon be available to assist First Nations to repatriate ancestral remains and cultural objects. 

The provincial government has announced it is providing $500,000 to the … Read More

‘Culture compass’ features Coast Salish histories on North Shore

June 3, 2020 |

Above: A group of people involved in the North Shore Culture Compass, including representatives from Tsleil-Waututh and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, at an opening event in March. Photo by Mike Wakefield.

A new online resource means people can learn about the North Shore’s Coast Salish culture and history from home. 

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Moving forward with delicate balance as summer gatherings cancelled

June 3, 2020 |

Above: NmTC hosted a youth gathering at Tla’amin in 2017. File photo.

By Skayu Louis 

Summer is usually a time for our communities to gather and connect. However, this year, most of the annual events we have come to look forward to — canoe journeys, culture camps and … Read More

‘A difficult decision but the right one’: Tribal Journeys prep shifts from Snuneymuxw to Tla’amin in 2021

June 3, 2020 |

File photo from Paddle to Lummi 2019 by Todd Peacey.

By David P. Ball

“Every stroke we take is one less we have to make,” states Tribal Canoe Journeys’ Ten Rules of the Canoe, written in 1990 on the event’s … Read More

UBC Indigenous-led garden brings connection amid uncertainty

June 3, 2020 |

Photo: Led by mentor Kim Haxton, a small crew from IndigenEYEZ works to prep the beds for planting.

By Skayu Louis

The Tu’wusht Garden Project is an Indigenous-led food security initiative at the University of British Columbia. Named in the Tla’amin language, Tu’wusht means “we belong” and is a … Read More

Snuneymuxw artists design COVID-19 masks

June 3, 2020 |

Above: Nadia Seward-Good wears one of the mask designs. Photo by Ay Lelum.

By Julie Chadwick

Two Snuneymuxw artists have joined a number of other Indigenous artists in Canada who are putting their own spin on face-covering masks aimed at preventing the spread … Read More

Coast Salish health heroes fight at COVID-19 front line

June 3, 2020 |

Photo: Island Health’s Cowichan Valley medical health officer Dr. Shannon Waters, a member of Stz’uminus First Nation. Submitted photo.

By David P. Ball

As the province of B.C. prepared to allow a slight re-opening of some services and activities starting May … Read More