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Salish Sea Sentinel | July 9, 2020

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‘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

Coast Salish Stories: Remember Your Snu’uy’ulh Teachings

June 3, 2020 |

File photo.

By Celestine Aleck (Sahiltiniye)

Hello my dear friends and relatives, my apologies for not writing in sometime. I had been going through a hard time, and I let that break me. But I could hear my late grandfather Ronnie Aleck’s words in … 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