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Salish Sea Sentinel | October 16, 2019

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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

Musqueam activist honoured in Vancouver art exhibit

May 28, 2019 |

Musqueam activist Audrey Siegl and her late sister are being honoured in a new art exhibit that looks at the sacred relationships between Indigenous women and water.  

The multimedia exhibition qaʔ yəxw – water honours us: womxn and waterways opened at the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver on April 10.  

The show features the work of nine Indigenous woman … Read More

Elder profile: T’Sou-ke’s Germaine Sutherland

May 28, 2019 |

Photo: Germaine Sutherland, right, with her two daughters

By Edith Moore, NmTC communications liaison  

Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council is run with guidance from an Elders Council with representatives from its 11 member nations. The Salish Sea Sentinel is profiling a new elder from the council each … Read More

Culture improves healing for Indigenous women facing trauma: study

April 29, 2019 |

Photo: Cowichan and Snuneymuxw Elder Roberta Price. Courtesy of UBC.

When Roberta Price of Cowichan and Snuneymuxw began recovering from trauma in her life years ago, she found great healing in working with elders to learn her culture.  

Now that she is an elder herself, Price is … Read More