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Salish Sea Sentinel | April 21, 2019

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CULTURE

Stz’uminus elders describe orcas as ‘family’ at NEB hearings

February 1, 2019 |

By Cara McKenna 

When Pearl Harris of Stz’uminus First Nation was a child, she learned to see the killer whales who would pass by her territory as family. 

The elder said southern resident orcas would often come up to shore of Shell Beach, and she would watch and listen to them.  

With guidance from her grandmother, Harris learned … Read More

New calf born to endangered orca population

February 1, 2019 |

Photo by Melisa Pinnow, Centre for Whale Research

A new baby orca has been born to the endangered southern resident killer whale population, according to the Centre for Whale Research (CWR) in Washington State. 

The centre announced on Jan. 11 that a … Read More

Digital weaving: Online tool teaches math using Tla’amin basket designs

February 1, 2019 |

SFU math professors Veselin Jungic, left, and Cedric Chauve at Tla’amin Nation. Submitted photo.

By Cara McKenna 

A new interactive online tool uses basket weaving patterns from Tla’amin Nation to teach mathematics. 

The application will allow students of all ages to digitally … Read More

Elder profile: Tla’amin’s Elsie Paul (qaʔaχstaləs)

February 1, 2019 |

From left: Elsie Paul, Kylie Paul, baby Nathan, and Noreen Galligos-Paul during a baby welcoming ceremony at Tla’amin last year. Photo by Phil Russell. 

By Edith Moore, NmTC communications liaison 

Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council is run with guidance from an Elders Council with representatives … Read More

Panel highlights Coast Salish tourism growth

December 3, 2018 |

Above: Homalco Councillor Kelsie Robinson speaks at the 2018 Vancouver Island Economic Summit on Oct. 25.

By Cara McKenna and Todd Peacey Photos by Todd Peacey

Representatives from Homalco and Snuneymuxw spoke about their nations’ successes in the tourism … Read More

Kwantlen artist educates about Coast Salish drumming

December 3, 2018 |

Brandon Gabriel (Kwelexwelsten) of Kwantlen First Nation is a Coast Salish artist and drum-maker who has worked with hundreds of people to build drums over the past decade.

Gabriel grew up in the Kwantlen community and his father is also … Read More

Redress in the arts: Supporting Coast Salish creators

December 3, 2018 |

From left: Christie Lee Charles, Cease Wyss and Irwin Oostindie present at SFU’s downtown campus on Oct. 26.

People from Vancouver’s arts community discussed how to better work with and support Coast Salish creators during an event at the annual … Read More

Elder profile: Halalt’s Janet Moore (Hwum’mi’ya)

December 3, 2018 |

Above: Janet Moore, right, with her husband Les. File photo.

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 … Read More

Cedar basket collection gifted to Tla’amin

December 3, 2018 |

Above: Rita Pimlott shows off her late aunt’s weavings.

By Doreen Hopkins, Tla’amin elders coordinator Photos by Phil Russell

A decades-old collection of cedar baskets and cultural items has been gifted to Tla’amin Nation by Homalco Elder Rita … Read More

Musqueam reclaims new piece of c̓əsnaʔəm

December 3, 2018 |

Photo: Musqueam drummers perform. File photo.

Musqueam Indian Band has officially reclaimed another piece of its important village site c̓əsnaʔəm.

The City of Vancouver announced that it has returned a portion of the site to its original caretakers, Musqueam. The property at … Read More