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Salish Sea Sentinel | April 20, 2024

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Want wildlife? Head to Bute

April 5, 2015 |

Homalco Wildlife Tours is expanding from its popular ‘Bears of Bute’ excursions in late summer to a spring and summer program.

“We are expanding our very successful wildlife tours into the summer focusing on cultural tours” said Shawn O’Connor, the … Read More

Risk of Pipelines and Oil Tankers at T’Sou-ke Summit

March 20, 2015 |

What will happen if there is a major oil spill in the Salish Sea?

If the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion is approved. What will be the effect of a huge increase in tanker traffic along our coast?

Those are some … Read More

Spring brings a bounty from our plants

February 27, 2015 |

by Tricia Thomas

Historically, winters were times of hunger so new spring plants were very important nutrition boosters in the traditional coastal diet. Nettles, salmonberry shoots and other delicacies begin to appear.

Many tree buds and plant shoots contain Vitamin … Read More

Of Salmon Eggs, Brood stock and Floods

February 27, 2015 |

by Tricia Thomas

Many First Nations are working together to support a healthy salmon population.

Salmon enhancement includes counting and brood stock collection. In January, Halalt, Penelakut, Stz’uminus and Lyackson nations took part in a salmon egg transplant into the … Read More

Tsawwassen First Nation Grows up…and Down

February 4, 2015 |

Travellers on Hwy 17 going to or from BC Ferries have been watching the massive retail developments being built on Tsawwassen First Nation treaty lands.

But just north of the two new malls, scheduled to open in 2016, another sort … Read More

A tree that speaks the history of Klahoose Nation

December 14, 2014 |

The main reason for the trip to Squirrel Cove on Cortes Island during the week before Christmas was to see the Klahoose First Nation sawmill in operation and to talk about the nation’s large-scale forestry work on Cortes and in … Read More


December 10, 2014 |

Photos by Todd Peacey of Homalco First Nation

HOMALCO FIRST NATION ‘BEARS OF BUTE’ TOURS had a record year in 2014.

Tourists from around the world visited the viewing sites on the Orford River in Bute Inlet. Among notable recent … Read More

Cross-border treaty challenges pipeline

October 4, 2014 |

A new international treaty effectively makes Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project illegal by Coast Salish law.

The International Treaty to Protect the Salish Sea was signed by 11 North American aboriginal leaders during a two-day gathering at Tsleil-Waututh First … Read More

Digital Mapping

October 4, 2014 |


During a four-day Indigenous mapping workshop at the University of Victoria, representatives from over 100 aboriginal organizations shared stories and ideas about using Google technology in their territories. Combining old and new knowledge, … Read More

Geoduck battle moves to court for Stz’uminus

September 11, 2014 |

The Underwater Harvesters Association has thrown down the gauntlet amidst the Stz’uminus First Nation’s ongoing struggle for rights to a valuable geoduck fishery adjacent to its reserve land.

The UHA has taken legal action, claiming its commercial fishing boats were … Read More