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Salish Sea Sentinel | June 20, 2019

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International Indigenous language conference comes to Victoria

April 1, 2019 |

Wanosts’a7 (Dr. Lorna Williams) speaks at VIU in 2018. File photo.

A major international conference on Indigenous language revitalization will be held in Victoria this summer. 

The three-day event is being held to commemorate the fact that the United Nations has declared 2019 … Read More

Coastal Dance Festival showcases talent from B.C. and beyond

April 1, 2019 |

Squamish Nation dance group Spakwus Slolem were one of many groups to perform during the Coastal Dance Festival this year. Submitted photo. 

Diverse Indigenous dance groups from as far as Australia performed during this year’s Coastal Dance Festival in the Lower Mainland.  

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Malahat artwork added to Mill Bay ferry terminal

April 1, 2019 |

Photos: BC Ferries

Artwork created by two Malahat First Nation members is now on display at the BC Ferries terminal in Mill Bay. Jeremy and Jordan Harry painted two panels on the terminal’s wooden enclosure. One features two killer whales breaching … Read More

Kwantlen storyteller brings culture, humour to VPL

March 1, 2019 |

Photo: VPL 

By Cara McKenna

Joseph A. Dandurand of Kwantlen First Nation sits in a circle of chairs at an East Vancouver library, about to read a scene from one of his plays called Please Do Not Touch the Indians

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Snuneymuxw-carved Te’tuxwtun Pole unveiled at VIU

February 27, 2019 |

Photo: William Good (Tseskinakhen) and his grandchildren, great-grandchildren perform a family frog song.

By Cara McKenna

A Snuneymuxw totem representing the beginning of humanity, healing and learning has been unveiled at Vancouver Island University. 

The Te’tuxwtun Pole, carved by Elder William Good (Tseskinakhen), now stands in the main hall of VIU’s new Health and Sciences building on its main campus … Read More

Work begins to restore Coast Salish place names on mid-Island

February 27, 2019 |

Photo and story by Julie Chadwick

For Snuneymuxw Elder Geraldine Manson (C-tasi:a), what’s now commonly known as Mount Benson is more than just a place to take the dog for a walk and enjoy the view. To her, Mount Benson … Read More

Google art camera captures detail in Salish weavings

February 27, 2019 |

Photo: A twill weave Coast Salish blanket that was photographed by the Google Art camera. Museum of Vancouver Collection, AA 1267.

A high-tech Google art camera has allowed the Museum of Vancouver to uncover minuscule details in Coast Salish weavings and … Read More

Nanaimo Art Gallery features Indigenous languages

February 27, 2019 |

Above: Arlene Deptuck, left, and Jesse Birch of the Nanaimo Art Gallery.

The Nanaimo Art Gallery is hosting Hul’q’umi’num lessons as it explores Indigenous languages and their impact in its latest exhibit. 

athut / Words Bounce features three artists from different places who work in installation, print-making, video and photography. 

The exhibit … Read More

Klahoose expands global repatriation efforts with database, app

February 27, 2019 |

This winter, Klahoose Elder Kenny Hanuse led a procession of band members from the nation’s main office to the community’s cemetary in Squirrel Cove for the burial of two ancestors returning home. 

Klahoose youth Brandon Harry and Chief Kevin Peacey carried small cedar boxes containing the remains of the ancestors, recently repatriated from the Royal B.C. Museum. 

As the … Read More

Elder profile: Stz’uminus’s George Harris (Wholwolet’za)

February 27, 2019 |

By Edith Moore, NmTC communications liaison

Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council is run with guidance from an Elders Council with representatives from its 11 member nations. The Salish Sea Sentinel is profiling a new elder from the council each month. 

What a pleasure it … Read More