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Salish Sea Sentinel | March 20, 2019

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People of the Inlet … and the Arm

July 30, 2015 |

Tsleil-Waututh Nation members  are the People of the Inlet . On their doorstep is Burrard Inlet, waters that once sustained the community with seafood. At the end of the Inlet is Indian Arm, a place of great cultural significance.

It is on these waters … Read More

6th Annual Whey-ah-wichen Canoe Festival

July 8, 2015 |

About $7,000 in prizes will be up for grabs during two days of slahal when Tsleil-Waututh Nation hosts its annual Whey-ah-wichen Canoe Festival on July 11-12.

Slahal – also called bonegame, stickgame or handgame – is a traditional guessing … Read More

Spectacular Sums Up Homalco Tour

July 2, 2015 |

Words and photos by Tricia Thomas

Visitors to Campbell River are posting rave reviews for Homalco Wildlife Tours, Journey to Bute Inlet and now it’s not just because of the grizzly bears.

This year, for the first time, the traditional … Read More

A Jewel in Nanaimo’s Harbour

July 2, 2015 |

Words and photos by Tricia Thomas

Protection Island Ferries will temporarily pick up Newcastle Island passengers for $10 round-trip. Called Saysushun , in the Hul’q’umi’num language, the island is part of the traditional Snuneymuxw First Nation territory.

Interpreter Celestine Aleck leads tours of … Read More

I’Hos Connects Past and Present

July 2, 2015 |

Words and photos by Tricia Thomas

I’Hos is the traditional Coast Salish name for Savary Island. The word means tow-headed serpent. The Tla’amin (Sliammon) people have been living in this area of the Salish Sea for over 8,000 years. I’Hos Cultural Tours, located in Powell River … Read More

What’s On in July

July 2, 2015 |

July Highlights

3 – Council by-election, Snuneymuxw band office, 668 Centre St, 9 am-8 pm.

3-11 – Healthy Ways Pulling Together canoe journey, starts at Sts’ailes First Nation, 4690 Salish Way, Agassiz, BC. Visits Tsawwassen July 8-9.

4-5 – Canoe racing at Ambleside, West Vancouver.

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Hats Off to Our Elders

July 2, 2015 |

Words and photos by Tricia Thomas

People from Halalt First Nation will be going in style to the 39th annual Elders Gathering on July 7-9 in Tsawout First Nation territory near Saanich. Youth and others learned from Shy Waters how to work with cedar, from stripping bark and … Read More

Oh Canada

June 21, 2015 | 1

Chief Dan George – Geswanouth Slahoot – of Tsleil-Waututh Nation delivered his Lament for Confederation on July 1, 1967. There was total silence from the 32,000 people who filled Empire Stadium in Vancouver on that day. This is the text … Read More

Harry Officially a Legend

May 27, 2015 |

Harry Xul-si-malt Manson (1879-1912) will be formally inducted into the Legends class in Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary on June 17.

The honour recognizes Manson “for his leadership as a First Nations athlete and for breaking through racial … Read More

Boot Camp is ‘Cool-ture’

May 27, 2015 |

By Tricia Thomas

Youth from Homalco and Tla’amin nations are reclaiming their culture and getting summer jobs guiding visitors to the traditional territory at the mouth of Bute Inlet thanks to a project called ‘cultural boot camp’.

Shawn O’Connor, manager … Read More