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Salish Sea Sentinel | July 9, 2020

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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

‘Plane of Reconciliation’ honours Indigenous veterans

March 2, 2020 |

Photo by Todd Peacey.

An airplane display that honours Indigenous veterans is now hanging at the Comox Valley Airport. 

The “Plane of Reconciliation” project is a replica First World War Nieuport Biplane that was donated by the late Captain David Freeman — a longtime pilot who wanted to commemorate Indigenous veterans. 

With … Read More

Klahoose looks to revamp tourism after Netherlands trip

March 2, 2020 |

Above: Klahoose Chief Kevin Peacey stands with employees Paul Muskee and Aleata Vanstone, who all travelled to the Netherlands for a tourism conference in January. Submitted photo.

After attending a major tourism conference in the Netherlands, Klahoose leaders are inspired to utilize … Read More

Hul’q’umi’num’ lessons focus on daily use of language

March 2, 2020 |

Above: Gary and Adam Manson, front, in a group shot with the language class.

By Julie Chadwick

Students of a Hul’q’umi’num’ language learning series gathered to practice their vocabulary and hear stories from Snuneymuxw Elder Gary Manson (Xul’si’malt) in the … Read More

Halalt canoe builder taught himself precise craft

March 2, 2020 |

By Cara McKenna

Walking into the warm light of his detached work shed, Garry Norris walks among about a dozen canoes, two of which are still being built. 

The workspace at Halalt First Nation smells of cedar, with wood chips lining the concrete … Read More

Lyackson artist working to revitalize Coast Salish stone carving

March 2, 2020 |

Above: Dylan Thomas (Qwul’thilum) works in his Victoria studio.

By Cara McKenna

Victoria’s Indigenous Artist-in-Residence is working to bring back Coast Salish stone carving, a craft that has previously been dormant for hundreds of years. 

Dylan Thomas (Qwul’thilum) was appointed … Read More

TFN breaks ground on new youth centre

March 2, 2020 |

Above: TFN Chief Ken Baird, right, stands with a group of youth who were witnesses for the event on Jan. 24. Photo by Adrian MacNair.

Tsawwassen First Nation has broken ground on a new youth centre that will provide a space … Read More

Lil’wat language advocate appointed to Order of Canada

March 2, 2020 |

File photo.

Language advocate and educator Dr. Lorna Wanosts’a7 Williams has been appointed to the Order of Canada. 

Williams was one of 120 new appointments by the governor general that were announced in late 2019. 

The Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest honours, … Read More