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Salish Sea Sentinel | September 24, 2020

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Sḵwxwú7mesh territorial map showcases stories of land

January 30, 2020 |

Photo: Ian Campbell stands in front of his painting ‘Temixw’

A territorial map painting by a Sḵwxwú7mesh hereditary chief showcases hundreds of stories that are tied to the nation’s land. 

Ian Campbell’s largescale piece “Temixw” contains a total of 308 images that relate to his own connection to the territory, traditional legends … Read More

Reclaiming grandmothers: Woman reconnects with Coast Salish family after long search

January 30, 2020 |

Above: Rosemary Georgeson, left, and Fay Blaney. Submitted photo.

By Cara McKenna

A woman’s search for her Coast Salish family has led her to Homalco Nation, where she has connected with relatives that she previously didn’t know she had.   

For years, … Read More

Tla’amin members lead ‘Walk for Reconciliation’ in Powell River

December 2, 2019 |

Above: Cyndi Pallen , left, and Rose Henry of Tla’amin lead marchers in a Walk for Reconciliation on Nov. 10. Photo by Todd Peacey.

Children who were taken from Tla’amin and put into residential school were honoured during a Walk for Reconciliation in Powell … Read More

Homalco launches country radio station

December 2, 2019 |

Above: Homalco Chief Darren Blaney, right, leads a blanketing ceremony on Nov. 1. Photo by Todd Peacey.

Homalco has officially launched a new radio station that’s now broadcasting on Vancouver Island. 

The long-awaited station is broadcasting new country music as well … Read More

Penelakut artist honoured with Fulmer Award

December 2, 2019 |

Above: Maynard Johnny Jr. displays his piece ‘Thunder Matriarch’ while standing on the roof of Skwachàys Lodge in downtown Vancouver. Photo by Cara McKenna.

Colourful Coast Salish painter Maynard Johnny Jr. has received a prestigious award for his achievements in Indigenous art. 

The Penelakut and We Wai Kai artist received a Fulmer … Read More

VIFW opens with red dress event honouring MMIWG2

November 20, 2019 |

Photo: Lorelei Williams, front, raises a fist with a group of other Indigenous women during VIFW’s red dress event on Monday. Williams, who wore a dress by Ay Lelum, was one of the event’s MCs.

Photos and story by Cara … Read More

VIU carpentry students help build homes at Malahat Nation

October 1, 2019 |

Photo: VIU

Carpentry students from Vancouver Island University are gaining real-world experience by building homes at Malahat Nation. 

The partnership between VIU and Malahat began in 2014 when Chief George Harry Jr. was a foundations carpentry student at the school’s Cowichan campus. 

Since the project’s inception, … Read More

Snuneymuxw language-keeper featured by Google Earth

October 1, 2019 |

Above: yutustanaat Mandy Jones at Hwsaaqw’um (Holland Creek) during the final stages of documenting for the Google Earth Voyager project. Photo by Brian Thom.

Yutustanaat (Mandy Jones) of Snuneymuxw First Nation is being featured by Google Earth as part of the UN’s International Year … Read More

Creating a Coast Salish Symphony with Rob the Viking

October 1, 2019 |

Above, from left: Rob the Viking, Sophia Seward-Good, William Good and Aunalee Boyd-Good in ‘the Chamber’ studio in Nanaimo. Photo by Raymond Knight.

By Aunalee Boyd-Good 

When my sister Sophia and I first embarked on a journey to create original music for our … Read More

Squamish choreographer brings Coast Salish stories to life

October 1, 2019 |

Photo: Sierra Tasi Basker (Gesuqwaluck) of Squamish Nation in a dress by Sans Soucie and earrings by Giggy’s Beads. Photo by Cara McKenna.

When Sierra Tasi Baker (Gesuqwaluck) was a child, she recalls going to a museum with her parents shortly after … Read More