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Salish Sea Sentinel | September 24, 2020

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CULTURE

Hul’q’umi’num’ lessons focus on daily use of language

March 2, 2020 |

Above: Gary and Adam Manson, front, in a group shot with the language class.

By Julie Chadwick

Students of a Hul’q’umi’num’ language learning series gathered to practice their vocabulary and hear stories from Snuneymuxw Elder Gary Manson (Xul’si’malt) in the … Read More

Halalt canoe builder taught himself precise craft

March 2, 2020 |

By Cara McKenna

Walking into the warm light of his detached work shed, Garry Norris walks among about a dozen canoes, two of which are still being built. 

The workspace at Halalt First Nation smells of cedar, with wood chips lining the concrete … Read More

Lyackson artist working to revitalize Coast Salish stone carving

March 2, 2020 |

Above: Dylan Thomas (Qwul’thilum) works in his Victoria studio.

By Cara McKenna

Victoria’s Indigenous Artist-in-Residence is working to bring back Coast Salish stone carving, a craft that has previously been dormant for hundreds of years. 

Dylan Thomas (Qwul’thilum) was appointed … Read More

TFN breaks ground on new youth centre

March 2, 2020 |

Above: TFN Chief Ken Baird, right, stands with a group of youth who were witnesses for the event on Jan. 24. Photo by Adrian MacNair.

Tsawwassen First Nation has broken ground on a new youth centre that will provide a space … Read More

Lil’wat language advocate appointed to Order of Canada

March 2, 2020 |

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Language advocate and educator Dr. Lorna Wanosts’a7 Williams has been appointed to the Order of Canada. 

Williams was one of 120 new appointments by the governor general that were announced in late 2019. 

The Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest honours, … Read More

Fish traps and petroforms in Tla’amin territory

January 30, 2020 |

Above, from left: Alex Sutcliffe, Jordan Enns, Betty Wilson and Alana Washington, with fish traps and petroforms visible in the background. Photo by Phil Russell.

By Alex Sutcliffe 

“Tla’amin is not just like any other neighbourhood. We belong to a … Read More

Artist weaves Tsleil-Waututh governance model

January 30, 2020 |

Above: Tsleil-Waututh Coun. Deanna George, left, and Angela George (qʷənat) with the weaving.

A weaving created by artist Angela George (qʷənat) is also a complex governance document that will serve Tsleil-Waututh Nation for centuries to come. 

George shaped the piece titled “Weaving Governance” as part of a final project for an … Read More

Generations gather to speak Hul’q’umi’num’ at Duncan language house

January 30, 2020 |

From left: Sharon Seymour, Carol Louie and Bernadette Sam-Peter at the language house. Photo by Rae Anne Claxton Baker.

A Hul’q’umi’num’ house in Duncan, B.C., has created space for speakers of all ages to practice and preserve the Coast Salish language. 

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Tsleil-Waututh’s innovative government HQ is ‘focal point for community’

January 30, 2020 |

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By David P. Ball

Tsleil-Waututh’s new administration and health building has become a source of pride in the nation, capturing attention with its intricate cultural designs and use of recycled materials.  

The long-awaited centre reflects the nation’s wider environmental values and goals … Read More

Sḵwxwú7mesh territorial map showcases stories of land

January 30, 2020 |

Photo: Ian Campbell stands in front of his painting ‘Temixw’

A territorial map painting by a Sḵwxwú7mesh hereditary chief showcases hundreds of stories that are tied to the nation’s land. 

Ian Campbell’s largescale piece “Temixw” contains a total of 308 images that relate to his own connection to the territory, traditional legends … Read More