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Salish Sea Sentinel | February 18, 2020

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Artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun receives honorary degree

May 28, 2019 |

Vancouver-based artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun Lets’lo:tseltun made a call to abolish the Indian Act while he was receiving an honorary degree on May 4.  

The contemporary Okanagan and Coast Salish painter received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Emily Carr University during its convocation ceremony, being lauded as a “unique and persistent voice for change.” 

Yuxweluptun graduated … Read More

Musqueam activist honoured in Vancouver art exhibit

May 28, 2019 |

Musqueam activist Audrey Siegl and her late sister are being honoured in a new art exhibit that looks at the sacred relationships between Indigenous women and water.  

The multimedia exhibition qaʔ yəxw – water honours us: womxn and waterways opened at the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver on April 10.  

The show features the work of nine Indigenous woman … Read More

T’Sou-ke hosts traditional seafood gathering

May 28, 2019 |

Photos by Todd Peacey 

Several dozen people gathered at T’Sou-ke First Nation on May 7 to celebrate traditional seafood. 

The nation hosted the day of ceremony, feasting and gathering as a way to kick-off the spring season with surrounding communities. 

A group gathered on T’Sou-ke’s #2 … Read More

Elder profile: T’Sou-ke’s Germaine Sutherland

May 28, 2019 |

Photo: Germaine Sutherland, right, with her two daughters

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 … Read More

Welcome figure unveiled on Salt Spring

April 29, 2019 |

Photos by John Cameron via SD64 

The unveiling of a Coast Salish welcome figure marks the beginning of an increased understanding of Indigenous culture on B.C.’s Southern Gulf Islands. 

The figure on Salt Spring Island represents hundreds of hours of combined work by students and local … Read More

Culture improves healing for Indigenous women facing trauma: study

April 29, 2019 |

Photo: Cowichan and Snuneymuxw Elder Roberta Price. Courtesy of UBC.

When Roberta Price of Cowichan and Snuneymuxw began recovering from trauma in her life years ago, she found great healing in working with elders to learn her culture.  

Now that she is an elder herself, Price is … Read More

Homalco hosts ʔayʔaǰuθəm language gathering

April 29, 2019 |

Photo by Todd Peacey

Representatives from Northern Coast Salish nations shared knowledge about the ʔayʔaǰuθəm language during a two-day workshop at Homalco. 

The event called “We Will Come Together” was held for nations to discuss knowledge, ideas and revitalization efforts for the language, which many families lost because of residential schools. 

The gathering on March … Read More

Snuneymuxw grizzly story inspires latest Ay Lelum collection

April 29, 2019 |

Photo: Ay Lelum designers Aunalee Boyd-Good, left, and Sophia Seward-Good. Courtesy of VFW

By Julie Chadwick

The Snuneymuxw-sister owned fashion house Ay Lelum has debuted its third collection to hit the runway at Vancouver Fashion Week, with clothing inspired by the power of … Read More

TFN celebrates 10-year treaty anniversary

April 29, 2019 |

Photo: Tsawwassen unveiled five new posts on the corners of its treaty land base.

By Cara McKenna

Tsawwassen Nation celebrated the milestone 10-year anniversary of its treaty effective date with a day of ceremony and celebrations on April 3.  

The nation officially unveiled five new territorial marker poles at the … Read More

Indigenous clam gardens 2,000 years older than previously thought: study

April 29, 2019 |

Ancient Indigenous clam gardens along the Northwest Coast are at least 2,000 years older than previously thought, new research has shown. 

A study involving Simon Fraser University and Hakai Institute proves that clam gardens date back at least 3,500 years. That means that at least 175 generations of Indigenous people have utilized the ancient food … Read More