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Salish Sea Sentinel | March 29, 2020

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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

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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

Adopting an Indigenous World View

May 27, 2015 |

By Tricia Thomas

The days of secret adoptions are over as is the practice of ‘kill the Indian to save the child’.

Those are two important things I learned in April when I attended the Forum for Change in Snuneymuxw … Read More

The Face Inside

May 27, 2015 |

Words and photos by Tricia Thomas

The transformation mask represents the spirit that was taken from native people by residential schools. It is called The Indian in the Child.   – Darren Blaney

One day Kai Blaney, son of Homalco councillor and … Read More

TFN farm school sowing seeds

May 1, 2015 |

by Tricia Thomas

It was a groundbreaking venture in April when the greenhouse went up and seeds were planted for the unique Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School.

The collaboration between the nation and the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at … Read More