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Salish Sea Sentinel | April 5, 2020

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EDUCATION

Coast Salish knowledge-keepers guide SD68 framework

March 30, 2020 |

Above: Stz’uminus Elder George Seymour shares a song as his grandchildren look on.

By Cara McKenna

After a regular day at Cedar Secondary School, a group gathered in the foyer, listening to Stz’uminus Elder George Seymour tell a Coast Salish orca story.  

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Agreement means ‘new beginning’ for Indigenous students on Gulf Islands

March 30, 2020 |

Above: Students welcome their peers, teachers and guests to a ceremony at Salt Spring Elementary School on Feb. 26.

By David P. Ball

“Hay ch q’a’ Si’em’!” shouted and sang hundreds of Salt Spring Island children and their teachers in unison on Feb. 26, at the invitation of Cowichan Nation Elder Tousïlum.  

“Thank you … Read More

SFU elects Sḵwxwú7mesh chairman

March 30, 2020 |

Photo: SFU

Simon Fraser University has elected a new chairman from Sḵwxwú7mesh Nation. 

Chris Lewis (Syeta’xtn) was first appointed to the board in 2014, and served as deputy-chairman before becoming chairman this year. 

The SFU board oversees the university’s administrative side including … Read More

‘Plane of Reconciliation’ honours Indigenous veterans

March 2, 2020 |

Photo by Todd Peacey.

An airplane display that honours Indigenous veterans is now hanging at the Comox Valley Airport. 

The “Plane of Reconciliation” project is a replica First World War Nieuport Biplane that was donated by the late Captain David Freeman — a longtime pilot who wanted to commemorate Indigenous veterans. 

With … Read More

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

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 |

File photo.

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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