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Salish Sea Sentinel | August 19, 2019

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Recognizing Klahoose boat captain Hardy Francis

July 30, 2019 |

By Edith Moore, NmTC communications liaison 

As part of my work as Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council’s communications liaison, I often travel to our member communities to meet with leadership. 

In early July, I was making a trip to Klahoose First Nation to meet with their chief and council along with … Read More

Canoe ceremony honours Indigenous women

June 27, 2019 |

Tla’amin member Ta’Kaiya Blaney was lifted inside of a canoe and walked along Vancouver’s waterfront during a women’s honouring ceremony that coincided with the end of Canada’s MMIWG inquiry. 

A group of men carried Blaney, who sang a song that she composed in honour of her late … Read More

Matriarchs: Victoria gallery showcases prints by Indigenous women

June 27, 2019 |

Photo: Curator Margaret August and her piece ‘Elapsed Time.’

A new exhibit in Victoria is showcasing graphic prints by Indigenous women — all selected by an up-and-coming Coast Salish artist. 

Matriarchs: Prints by First Nations Women at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria was guest curated by Margaret August, who comes from … Read More

DJ O Show: Mentor, activist, motivator

June 27, 2019 |

Seven years ago, when Orene Askew first started her DJ business, she woke up after a gig to realize that her townhouse at Squamish Nation was on fire. 

The blaze started by accident in her neighbour’s adjoining house, and she woke up in a panic, surrounded by smoke and … Read More

Tla’amin trailblazer receives honorary degree for work in Indigenous sovereignty

June 27, 2019 |

Photos courtesy of UVic.

Joe Gallagher (k̓ʷunəmɛn) of Tla’amin Nation has been given an honorary degree for his trailblazing work around Indigenous self-determination and cultural safety. 

Gallagher was awarded with an Honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Victoria during a convocation ceremony on June 11. He was one of … Read More

‘Strength and courage to be true’: Two-spirit members lead Tsleil-Waututh in pride celebration

June 27, 2019 |

Photo: Tsleil-Waututh members Xwitenat Laura George (centre) and Meghan Ormandy wear a pride flag and transgender rights flag after paddling them ashore.

Tsleil-Waututh Nation raised rainbow and transgender-rights flags inside of their new administration building during a LGBTQ+ pride celebration … Read More

MOV displays artwork created by children in residential, day schools

May 28, 2019 |

By Cara McKenna 

An exhibit of artwork done by Indigenous children while in Canadian residential and day schools showcases an important record of culture and history.   

The exhibition called There is Truth Here at the Museum of Vancouver displays rare surviving art pieces created by children from four … Read More

Father-son artists from Snuneymuxw inspire new exhibit

May 28, 2019 |

Photo: Talking stick carvings by William and Joel Good.

By Julie Chadwick 

Photos by Julie Chadwick and Ruby Chadwick-Booker 

For curator Jesse Birch, inspiration for Nanaimo Art Gallery’s latest exhibit came to him as he watched father and son artists Joel … Read More

Artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun receives honorary degree

May 28, 2019 |

Vancouver-based artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun Lets’lo:tseltun made a call to abolish the Indian Act while he was receiving an honorary degree on May 4.  

The contemporary Okanagan and Coast Salish painter received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Emily Carr University during its convocation ceremony, being lauded as a “unique and persistent voice for change.” 

Yuxweluptun graduated … Read More

Tla’amin member opens ‘tattoo spa’ in Powell River

May 28, 2019 |

When envisioning a stereotypical tattoo shop, many people would imagine things like skull decor, blaring rock music and bright neon lights.  But Tla’amin member Francis Jr Luaifoa wanted to open a shop that made the experience of getting a tattoo more like a relaxing trip … Read More