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Salish Sea Sentinel | April 5, 2020

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Powerful Knowledge Shared!

October 28, 2015 |

Words and photos by Tricia Thomas

A pit cook, salmon roasting, butchering a first deer … and zombies!

The eighth Vancouver Island Traditional Foods Conference was hosted by Kwakiutl First Nation in its two main villages, Tsaxis and Cluxewe in early October.

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Coming of Age in Coast Salish Culture

October 28, 2015 |

By Tricia Thomas

At sunrise, Halalt elder Joe Norris leads a traditional Coast Salish ceremony in which young boys are transformed into men.

During the ritual, youth are led to a pond. They enter the water carrying a large rock and … Read More

Telling the Truth in BC Schools

October 28, 2015 |

Students at S-hXiXnu-tun primary school at Stz’uminus nation learned all about Canada’s elections. They even had a candidate from the NDP visit them recently prior to the Oct. 19 vote.

The truth about Canada’s Aboriginal history will be introduced into public … Read More

Bringing Language Back

September 29, 2015 |

Words and photos by Tricia Thomas

Stz’uminus First Nation members got together for ten days in August to cook, circle talk, tell stories and play games – and nobody spoke a word of English!

Karol Louie, teacher at Nutsamaat Lelum daycare, … Read More

Our River, Our Food

September 29, 2015 |

by Tricia Thomas

“Halalt will continue to do everything we can to protect our river and the aquifer. We are stewards of the entire watershed. It is our job to protect the fish and habitat from the estuary to the … Read More

The Bear Facts

September 29, 2015 |

Words and photos by Tricia Thomas

Tourists from around the world are flocking to viewing sites at Bute and Toba Inlets on BC’s central coast to see grizzly and black bears in their natural habitats feeding on returning salmon.

Homalco Wildlife … Read More

A time of falling leaves and harvesting foods

August 31, 2015 |

Words and photo by Tricia Thomas

September is always a busy month as we gather food for the winter. Salmon are coming home and the smokehouses are filling up.

But fall came early this year. Elders say that when the … Read More

Traditional foods celebrated

August 31, 2015 |

Words and photos by Tricia Thomas

The eighth annual Traditional Foods Conference will be hosted by Kwakiutl First Nation in Fort Rupert on October 2-3.

Salmon, halibut and other delicacies are already been gathered for the event that will be … Read More

T’Sou-ke lessons on African journey

August 31, 2015 |

By Tricia Thomas 

Elders from T’sou-ke First Nation played an important role in preparing Aboriginal youth for their year-long cultural exchange in Africa.

The internship program, offered by the Victoria International Development Education Association (VIDEA) sponsored ten young people from … Read More

Tune in to Aboriginal radio

August 31, 2015 |

Aboriginal music, Coast Salish culture, languages and stories… that’s what will perk up your ears when you tune in to a program on the radio or on-line.

The program comes from Radio Malaspina, a community station on CHLY 101.7 FM … Read More