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Salish Sea Sentinel | October 16, 2019

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CULTURE

Blue cabin residency hosts Coast Salish weavers

October 1, 2019 |

Above: The Blue Cabin under construction. Photo by Henri Robideau.

Coast Salish weavers are making their temporary home in a floating seaside cabin as part of a yearlong art program in Vancouver. 

The Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency involves five artists who will take turns working in a historic structure that was recently moved to the shores … Read More

Snuneymuxw language keeper featured by Google Earth

October 1, 2019 |

Above: yutustanaat Mandy Jones at Hwsaaqw’um (Holland Creek) during the final stages of documenting for the Google Earth Voyager project. Photo by Brian Thom.

Yutustanaat (Mandy Jones) of Snuneymuxw First Nation is being featured by Google Earth as part of the UN’s International Year … Read More

Language, culture at focus of new Snuneymuxw school

October 1, 2019 |

By Julie Chadwick

An innovative new school that blends Snuneymuxw teachings with school district curriculum has opened its doors to K-7 students.

The Qwam Qwum Stuwixwulh School welcomed both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students in September with a focus on Hul’q’umi’num’ … Read More

Creating a Coast Salish Symphony with Rob the Viking

October 1, 2019 |

Above, from left: Rob the Viking, Sophia Seward-Good, William Good and Aunalee Boyd-Good in ‘the Chamber’ studio in Nanaimo. Photo by Raymond Knight.

By Aunalee Boyd-Good 

When my sister Sophia and I first embarked on a journey to create original music for our … Read More

Squamish choreographer brings Coast Salish stories to life

October 1, 2019 |

Photo: Sierra Tasi Basker (Gesuqwaluck) of Squamish Nation in a dress by Sans Soucie and earrings by Giggy’s Beads. Photo by Cara McKenna.

When Sierra Tasi Baker (Gesuqwaluck) was a child, she recalls going to a museum with her parents shortly after … Read More

Taike-Sye’yə: Mural depicts Musqueam’s aid to Komagata Maru passengers amidst historic tragedy

August 9, 2019 |

Coast Salish and South Asian-Canadian artists have collaborated to memorialize a historic tragedy that brought the two communities together more than 100 years ago.

A 4,000-square foot mural called Taike-Sye’yə has been revealed on the side of the former Harry … Read More

Tla’amin hosts Pulling Together journey

July 30, 2019 |

Photo: Sherman Pallen of Homalco raises a paddle before arriving to Tla’amin shores.

Photos by Todd Peacey

Tla’amin Nation welcomed dozens of canoe pullers to its territory during this year’s Pulling Together Canoe Journey — an event focused on building relationships between Indigenous people and public … Read More

Orca relatives bless annual TWN canoe festival

July 30, 2019 |

Photo: Dozens of families, including some grandparents and their grandkids, took part in the inter-generational pairs race, which brought 40-and-older paddlers together with under-sevens to compete.

As hundreds of paddlers from all shores of the Salish Sea pushed themselves during three … Read More

Indigenous language exhibit to travel across B.C.

July 30, 2019 |

The Royal BC Museum is taking its permanent Indigenous language exhibition on tour across the province. 

The museum has created travelling versions of its Our Living Languages showcase that are being sent to a series of regional museums and community centres. 

The three-year initiative is part of a wider … Read More

Legacy Carving Project: VSB unveils totem, welcome figures

July 30, 2019 |

Photo: Squamish carver Rick (Xwa-lack-tun) Harry and his son James (Nexw’Kalus-Xwalacktun).

By Cara McKenna

Two Coast Salish welcome figures and a totem pole now stand outside of the Vancouver School Board’s office after a carving process that involved about 1,500 students. 

The three new carvings were done by artists from … Read More