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Salish Sea Sentinel | August 18, 2019

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CULTURE

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

HELISET TŦE SḰÁL: Hundreds gather in Victoria to promote Indigenous language resurgence worldwide

July 30, 2019 |

Photo: Songhees Coun. Garry Sam, surrounded by other Songhees leaders, opens the conference.

Songhees Nation’s Indigenous Lekwungen language has been in a precarious state in the community, says Coun. Garry Sam, with just one fluent speaker who is in his 80s. 

But now, the language has started to come full circle … Read More

T’Sou-ke cuts ribbon on new businesses

July 30, 2019 |

Photo from left: T’Sou-ke Coun. Allan Planes, Coun. Rose Dumont, Natassia Davies, Shelley Davies and Chief Gordon Planes.

T’Sou-ke First Nation has officially opened a gas station, coffee shop and Indigenous retail store on its land — something leaders say will be the first of … Read More

Klahoose youth lead project to ‘paddle with ancestors’

July 30, 2019 |

Klahoose First Nation has commissioned eighteen new canoe paddles that are etched with the names of ancestors from their village. 

The paddles are being used by the community in this year’s Tribal Journeys to Lummi Nation in Washington State, so that community members make the long … Read More

RDN unveils last of five Coast Salish art pieces

June 27, 2019 |

Snuneymuxw Elder Lolly Good speaks in front of the spindle whorl by carver William Good. Photos courtesy of RDN.

The Regional District of Nanaimo has unveiled the last of five pieces of Coast Salish artwork that were commissioned for its boardroom … Read More

Klahoose hosts second annual ‘Awaken the Canoes’ event

June 27, 2019 |

Klahoose hosted its second annual canoe safety training event this spring, as pullers prepare to make the journey to Lummi for this year’s Tribal Journeys. 

Awaken the Canoes (ti:ǰit nuxʷɛɬ) involved a couple dozen pullers coming together at the nation on Cortes Island over … Read More