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Salish Sea Sentinel | October 16, 2019

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VIU carpentry students help build homes at Malahat Nation

October 1, 2019 |

Photo: VIU

Carpentry students from Vancouver Island University are gaining real-world experience by building homes at Malahat Nation. 

The partnership between VIU and Malahat began in 2014 when Chief George Harry Jr. was a foundations carpentry student at the school’s Cowichan campus. 

Since the project’s inception, … Read More

Snuneymuxw language keeper featured by Google Earth

October 1, 2019 |

Above: yutustanaat Mandy Jones at Hwsaaqw’um (Holland Creek) during the final stages of documenting for the Google Earth Voyager project. Photo by Brian Thom.

Yutustanaat (Mandy Jones) of Snuneymuxw First Nation is being featured by Google Earth as part of the UN’s International Year … Read More

Language, culture at focus of new Snuneymuxw school

October 1, 2019 |

By Julie Chadwick

An innovative new school that blends Snuneymuxw teachings with school district curriculum has opened its doors to K-7 students.

The Qwam Qwum Stuwixwulh School welcomed both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students in September with a focus on Hul’q’umi’num’ … Read More

Creating a Coast Salish Symphony with Rob the Viking

October 1, 2019 |

Above, from left: Rob the Viking, Sophia Seward-Good, William Good and Aunalee Boyd-Good in ‘the Chamber’ studio in Nanaimo. Photo by Raymond Knight.

By Aunalee Boyd-Good 

When my sister Sophia and I first embarked on a journey to create original music for our … Read More

Students gain skills with TFN summer career placements

October 1, 2019 |

Submitted by TFN Education and Skills Development 

The Tsawwassen First Nation’s Education and Skills Development Department was busy this summer running a career placement program for students ages 13 to 25. 

The program was designed for to bring awareness to all the possible jobs and careers that TFN has to offer, while offering work experience in … Read More

Homalco man’s giving spirit lives on through scholarship

September 26, 2019 |

Photo: Dylan French with his son Rowan. Submitted by family.

The late Homalco member Dylan French always wanted to help others. 

That usually meant hosting friends who were going through a hard time, or simply spreading kindness to those who needed it. 

His mother Mary French … Read More

Indigenous language exhibit to travel across B.C.

July 30, 2019 |

The Royal BC Museum is taking its permanent Indigenous language exhibition on tour across the province. 

The museum has created travelling versions of its Our Living Languages showcase that are being sent to a series of regional museums and community centres. 

The three-year initiative is part of a wider … Read More

VIU raises Snuneymuxw flag on campus

July 30, 2019 |

Photo: Joyce White and Doug White II of Snuneymuxw with their son Coun. Doug White III, Coun. Emmy Manson and VIU president Ralph Nilson.

Snuneymuxw First Nation’s flag has been permanently raised at the Vancouver Island University campus in Nanaimo. 

The Snuneymuxw flag was raised on National … Read More

Legacy Carving Project: VSB unveils totem, welcome figures

July 30, 2019 |

Photo: Squamish carver Rick (Xwa-lack-tun) Harry and his son James (Nexw’Kalus-Xwalacktun).

By Cara McKenna

Two Coast Salish welcome figures and a totem pole now stand outside of the Vancouver School Board’s office after a carving process that involved about 1,500 students. 

The three new carvings were done by artists from … Read More

HELISET TŦE SḰÁL: Hundreds gather in Victoria to promote Indigenous language resurgence worldwide

July 30, 2019 |

Photo: Songhees Coun. Garry Sam, surrounded by other Songhees leaders, opens the conference.

Songhees Nation’s Indigenous Lekwungen language has been in a precarious state in the community, says Coun. Garry Sam, with just one fluent speaker who is in his 80s. 

But now, the language has started to come full circle … Read More