Photo: A welcome figure was unveiled on campus in September. Courtesy of Langara.
Langara College has officially incorporated a Musqueam name that was gifted to the school in 2016 into its title and branding.
The school in South Vancouver officially switched to the dual name “snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College” during a ceremony in mid-April.
The name snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ was …
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 …
Photo: Ann Whonnack brushes the log with cedar during a ceremony at CapU on Feb. 25.
Photos and story by Cara McKenna
A classical Salish-style canoe is being carved at Capilano University after a blessing ceremony that prepared the log for its transformation.
The nine-metre canoe …
Musqueam Indian Band’s flag has been permanently raised at the University of British Columbia.
The flag, being flown beside the UBC and B.C. flags, was raised by two Musqueam students during a ceremony on Feb. 25.
The university’s main campus is located …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
By Julie Chadwick
Years ago, Doug White III (Kwul’a’sul’tun) asked his late grandmother Dr. Ellen White (Kwulasulwut) what would be lost when there was no longer a number of people who could fluently speak their language.
What she …
Photo and story by Cara McKenna
It’s a shadowy, black night near Second Beach in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, but a warm light emanates from the window of Chrystal Sparrow’s art studio.
Inside, the Musqueam artist’s temporary workshop is cozy, scattered with her flowy Coast Salish pieces and carvings by her …