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Salish Sea Sentinel | April 5, 2020

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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

Ten years of living in a treaty nation

October 1, 2019 |

Above: Amy Lachance at TFN. Photo by Adrian MacNair.

By Amy Lachance, Tsawwassen First Nation 

Tsawwassen First Nation celebrated our 10-year treaty anniversary earlier this year and it got me thinking.  

Just 10 years have gone by since our treaty effective date on … Read More

Malahat grows community garden

October 1, 2019 |

Photo: Sandy Joe, who manages Malahat Nation’s two community gardens, shows off the newest space.

Walking through Malahat Nation’s spacious new community garden, Sandy Joe points out an impressive variety of plants are already growing in the space.  

The project only began earlier this summer, … Read More

Homalco man’s giving spirit lives on through scholarship

September 26, 2019 |

Photo: Dylan French with his son Rowan. Submitted by family.

The late Homalco member Dylan French always wanted to help others. 

That usually meant hosting friends who were going through a hard time, or simply spreading kindness to those who needed it. 

His mother Mary French … Read More

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