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Salish Sea Sentinel | April 21, 2019

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ENVIRONMENT

TWN house posts unveiled at Maplewood Flats

April 1, 2019 |

Photo: Zachary George (Skokaylem) is pictured with one of the new house posts.

A pair of house posts has been unveiled at a wild bird sanctuary next to Tsleil-Waututh’s village as part of a wider push to decolonize the space. 

The posts … Read More

Homalco moves forward with clean energy plan

April 1, 2019 |

Photo: B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change George Heyman speaks at Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council’s Indigenous Green Economy Conference in Vancouver on March 13. 

Homalco First Nation has received $140,000 in provincial funding to implement a community energy plan. 

The plan promotes efficient energy consumption and savings, and is being supported … Read More

Lummi highlights orca preservation in Florida museum exhibit

February 1, 2019 |

Photo: Kristen Grace, Florida Museum

A new museum exhibit in Florida shines a light on endangered killer whales and their cultural importance to Coast Salish people in the Pacific Northwest. 

Whale People: Protectors of the Sea opened on Dec. 8 at the Florida Museum of Natural … Read More

U.S. Coast Salish leaders travel to Canada for NEB hearings

February 1, 2019 |

A group of U.S. Coast Salish leaders travelled to Victoria to testify at the National Energy Board’s oral evidence hearings on Nov. 28. 

Representatives from Lummi, Swinomish, Tulalip and Suquamish travelled across the border to present their concerns to Canada’s energy regulator alongside their Canadian relatives. 

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Stz’uminus elders describe orcas as ‘family’ at NEB hearings

February 1, 2019 |

By Cara McKenna 

When Pearl Harris of Stz’uminus First Nation was a child, she learned to see the killer whales who would pass by her territory as family. 

The elder said southern resident orcas would often come up to shore of Shell Beach, and she would watch and listen to them.  

With guidance from her grandmother, Harris learned … Read More

New calf born to endangered orca population

February 1, 2019 |

Photo by Melisa Pinnow, Centre for Whale Research

A new baby orca has been born to the endangered southern resident killer whale population, according to the Centre for Whale Research (CWR) in Washington State. 

The centre announced on Jan. 11 that a … Read More

New NEB process for pipeline ‘flawed,’ leaders say

December 3, 2018 |

Photo: Coldwater Indian Band Chief Lee Spahan shares his concerns about the new NEB assessment.

Canada’s energy regulator is repeating the same mistakes when it comes to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, say leaders who are opposed to the project.

The … Read More

Tribal X plays hard rock with Indigenous edge

December 3, 2018 |

Above: Andrew Campbell of Homalco and Musqueam belts it out during a Tribal X practice in Maple Ridge.

By Cara McKenna 

On an Autumn night at their jam space in Maple Ridge, Indigenous hard rock band Tribal X are playing a … Read More

Bear tours connect Homalco members to territory

October 31, 2018 |

File photos by Todd Peacey

When Homalco member Ella Paul started out as a guide for her nation’s grizzly bear tours, it also gave her an opportunity to reconnect with her territory. The community’s former village sites are all remote … Read More

Nation revitalizes traditional fish weir to manage salmon

October 31, 2018 |

Above photo by Bryant DeRoy.

By Cara McKenna

Traditional fish weirs were once used by Indigenous communities all along the B.C. coast, but the technology was banned by the federal government during colonization. 

Now, the Heiltsuk Nation in Bella Bella … Read More