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Salish Sea Sentinel | July 9, 2020

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Moving forward with delicate balance as summer gatherings cancelled

June 3, 2020 |

Above: NmTC hosted a youth gathering at Tla’amin in 2017. File photo.

By Skayu Louis 

Summer is usually a time for our communities to gather and connect. However, this year, most of the annual events we have come to look forward to — canoe journeys, culture camps and … Read More

Coast Salish health heroes fight at COVID-19 front line

June 3, 2020 |

Photo: Island Health’s Cowichan Valley medical health officer Dr. Shannon Waters, a member of Stz’uminus First Nation. Submitted photo.

By David P. Ball

As the province of B.C. prepared to allow a slight re-opening of some services and activities starting May … Read More

Coast Salish Stories: Remember Your Snu’uy’ulh Teachings

June 3, 2020 |

File photo.

By Celestine Aleck (Sahiltiniye)

Hello my dear friends and relatives, my apologies for not writing in sometime. I had been going through a hard time, and I let that break me. But I could hear my late grandfather Ronnie Aleck’s words in … Read More

Tla’amin activist honoured with Indspire award

June 3, 2020 |

Photo: Indspire

Tla’amin youth activist Ta’Kaiya Blaney has been honoured with an Indspire award. 

The actress and musician was honoured in the “Youth — First Nation” category for her advocacy work that began when she was just 10 years old. 

Blaney was one of eleven recipients of the 2020 Indspire Awards, which were … Read More

Friendship between Sḵwxwú7mesh weaver, Emily Carr showcased in exhibit

March 30, 2020 |

Above: A portrait Emily Carr painted of Sophie Frank. Image courtesy of Vancouver Art Gallery.

A complex friendship between a famed Canadian artist and a Sḵwxwú7mesh basket weaver is being featured in a new exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery. 

The paintings of Emily Carr and weavings of Sophie Frank (Sewinchelwet) are on display alongside each other as part of a wider … 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

Volunteers assist with Halalt flood recovery

March 30, 2020 |

By Cara McKenna

Flood-damaged homes at Halalt First Nation were being cleaned out with the help of a team of volunteers as recovery efforts continue for the Cowichan Valley community. 

A group from Team Rubicon Canada visited Halalt on March 7 and 8 to help … 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

Halalt canoe builder taught himself precise craft

March 2, 2020 |

By Cara McKenna

Walking into the warm light of his detached work shed, Garry Norris walks among about a dozen canoes, two of which are still being built. 

The workspace at Halalt First Nation smells of cedar, with wood chips lining the concrete … Read More

Lyackson artist working to revitalize Coast Salish stone carving

March 2, 2020 |

Above: Dylan Thomas (Qwul’thilum) works in his Victoria studio.

By Cara McKenna

Victoria’s Indigenous Artist-in-Residence is working to bring back Coast Salish stone carving, a craft that has previously been dormant for hundreds of years. 

Dylan Thomas (Qwul’thilum) was appointed … Read More