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Salish Sea Sentinel | April 5, 2020

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Exhibit featuring colourful blockade banners opens in Vancouver

March 2, 2020 |

By Jen St. Denis

For months, seven painted banners languished in garbage bags in an RCMP evidence room as police considered pressing charges against 12 people who flew them while blocking oil tankers. 

Now the banners are on display at … Read More

‘This is not going to stop us,’ say nations after pipeline lawsuit ruling

March 2, 2020 |

Photo: TWN Chief Leah George-Wilson speaks about the ruling during a press conference Feb. 4.

By David P. Ball

The First Nations who sued to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion say they’re “disappointed but not surprised” by a major … Read More

Annual awards honour Indigenous businesses from across province

December 2, 2019 |

Above: Stz’uminus Coun. Roxanne Harris speaks at the BC Achievement Gala

Vancouver’s first Indigenous food truck and Stz’uminus First Nation’s development company were among the honorees at the 2019 B.C. Indigenous Business Awards. 

A total of sixteen businesses, entrepreneurs, partnership entities and community-owned enterprises were … 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

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

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

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

Nation revitalizes traditional fish weir to manage salmon

October 31, 2018 |

Above photo by Bryant DeRoy.

By Cara McKenna

Traditional fish weirs were once used by Indigenous communities all along the B.C. coast, but the technology was banned by the federal government during colonization. 

Now, the Heiltsuk Nation in Bella Bella … Read More

Homalco ceremony welcomes survivors home

October 31, 2018 |

By Cara McKenna and Todd Peacey Photos by Todd Peacey

Residential school survivors were officially welcomed home to Homalco during a ceremony held by the community on Orange Shirt Day.

A group of about two dozen survivors were blanketed … Read More

‘Ask Auntie’ program supports girls at Tla’amin

July 31, 2018 |

By Cyndi Pallen, Tla’amin Nation Photos by Phil Russell

A mentor program for girls ages 11 to 15 called “Ask Auntie” was successfully brought to Tla’amin this summer, bringing back a coming of age ceremony that was previously lost during … Read More