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Salish Sea Sentinel | April 8, 2020

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Treaty Countdown for Tla’amin

October 28, 2015 |

Five months from just about now – on April 5, 2016 – the Tla’amin final treaty agreement will become effective. Chief treaty negotiator Roy Francis recently summarized the huge amount of work underway at the nation, whose English name is … Read More

Community and Neighbours See Malahat LNG Plans

September 29, 2015 |

Esther Harry and her grandson Keith saw details for an industrial project planned on their doorstep when they went to the Kwunew-Kwasun cultural centre on Sept. 16.

They were among many Malahat First Nation members who turned out – along with … Read More

Could it be they were listening?

September 29, 2015 |

If there was a chance for any continuation of optimism from last year’s BC Chiefs and Cabinet Gathering, it seemed too much to ask for from chiefs at this year’s event. But some hope remained among chiefs for some long-awaited success.

Most, if not … Read More

2015 Elections

September 29, 2015 |


People in BC normally hear the results of federal elections before voting booths close here. But the 2015 election on Oct. 19 looks to be a very close three-horse race among the Conservatives, Liberals and NDP with … Read More


August 31, 2015 |

by Mark Kiemele

The summer of 2015 may be long remembered at Malahat First Nation. The small nation on Saanich Inlet doesn’t make the news that often, but starting in mid-July, people around the Salish Sea began paying it attention. It began with the nation’s … Read More

A Voice for Our People

August 31, 2015 |

How often do you show up to vote?

Since 1960, the Canadian Government has allowed First Nations people to vote in federal elections. But how many of us feel like it wouldn’t make any difference?

In this upcoming election on … Read More

Salmon Starve In Low, Warm Waters

May 27, 2015 |

Words and photos by Tricia Thomas

The worst fears are coming true for Halalt First Nation. Unusually low water levels are threatening salmon-bearing streams on the reserve.

Halalt has been fighting to protect the Chemainus River since 2003 when North … Read More

Adopting an Indigenous World View

May 27, 2015 |

By Tricia Thomas

The days of secret adoptions are over as is the practice of ‘kill the Indian to save the child’.

Those are two important things I learned in April when I attended the Forum for Change in Snuneymuxw … Read More


May 27, 2015 |

Vote June 25

Leaders from the 203 nations in the province will vote for a new regional chief when the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) holds its elections in Vancouver on June 25.

Among the early candidates (nominations … Read More

Tla’amin members voted ‘yes’

May 15, 2015 |

By Tricia Thomas

Sliammon First Nation members voted ‘yes’ on the proposed changes to their Tla’amin Constitution at the end of May. Early voting took place in Vancouver on Saturday, May 23 with an all-day vote at the Salish Centre in Sliammon … Read More