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Salish Sea Sentinel | October 22, 2018

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The Face Inside

May 27, 2015 |

Words and photos by Tricia Thomas

The transformation mask represents the spirit that was taken from native people by residential schools. It is called The Indian in the Child.   – Darren Blaney

One day Kai Blaney, son of Homalco councillor and … Read More

TFN farm school sowing seeds

May 1, 2015 |

by Tricia Thomas

It was a groundbreaking venture in April when the greenhouse went up and seeds were planted for the unique Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School.

The collaboration between the nation and the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at … Read More

Our Elders Gather in Tsawout

May 1, 2015 |

By Tricia Thomas

Our elders are our treasured teachers. We are fortunate to be able to learn from them and honour them.

Great examples include Anne and Jim Bob from Snaw-naw-as who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 20. … Read More

Tribal Canoe Journey 2015

May 1, 2015 |

Canoes will fill the shores at Powell River on July 17–19 as Sliammon First Nation hosts paddlers from around the Salish Sea coast.

With the theme Honouring Our Youth—Our Chu’-Chuy, the Sliammon event will include songs, dancing, feasts, and traditional … Read More

Éy7á7juuthem: Revitalizing a Language

May 1, 2015 |

by Tricia Thomas

Without the language, we are warm bodies without a spirit. – Mary Lou Fox, Ojibwe elder

Language is the foundation for our way of life; it is an integral part of our cultural expression.

Throughout time, Aboriginal peoples … Read More

Shore to Shore unveiling this month

April 5, 2015 |

Years of work by Stz’uminus carver Luke Marston will be revealed on April 25 when his bronze sculpture – Shore to Shore – is unveiled in Stanley Park.

The work celebrates the connections of Portuguese adventurer Joe Silvey and his … Read More

Tsum’ush means ‘delicious’

April 5, 2015 |

by Tricia Thomas

For the Coast Salish people, the traditional season of the herring roe harvest begins late February and early March. The Hul’qumi’num word for the herring eggs is tsum’ush.

In specific areas around the Salish Sea, cedar or … Read More


April 5, 2015 |

Nanaimo Harbour ‘jewel’ has a new gleam

Everywhere you walk on Newcastle Island, there are the footsteps of our Snuneymuxw ancestors. The island was much used for the foods that it provided our people.

Those were the words from a … Read More

The Culture of the Canoe

April 5, 2015 |

By Tricia Thomas

Canoe racing season is approaching. Pullers, or paddlers, have begun to focus on their vigorous training regimes. They can be seen daily, often in early mornings or at the end of the longer days of Spring, training … Read More

Galligos is Slovenia bound with his totem

April 5, 2015 |

When Craig Galligos of Sliammon was working on the totem for Powell River’s Kathaumixw choral festival last summer, travel plans were in the back of his mind.

That’s because he was going to accompany the pole when it was delivered … Read More