Yearly Archives: 2020

Community Profile: SX̱EDŦELISIYE (Renee J. Sampson)


SX̱EDŦELISIYE is a W̱SÁNEĆ community member and language revitalizer who has recently translated over 150 books into SENĆOŦEN. SX̱EDŦELISIYE (Renée Sampson), which means hummingbird woman, is is a proud mother of three daughters (TOLISIYE, LIQIŦIÁ and ŦE,ILIYE). Her passions are language learning, teaching and working with the youth. This photo is Courtesy of and the Copyright of Remington John SX̱EDŦELISIYE has been working at the W̱SÁNEĆ School Board since 2009. Until last year, she was a kindergarten teacher at the LE,NONET SCUL,AUTW SENĆOŦEN Survival School. Currently, SX̱EDŦELISIYE is the SENĆOŦEN program facilitator for both the ȽÁU,WEL,ṈEW̱ Tribal School [...]

Community Profile: SX̱EDŦELISIYE (Renee J. Sampson)2020-11-05T20:21:09+00:00

The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council obtains agreement to rename another park.


The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council proudly announces they have an agreement to rename another park. Shown above - this Kiosk in McDonald Park will be removed and replaced with W̱SÁNEĆ art and SENĆOŦEN History. In alignment with the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council’s mandate to promote and enhance recognition for W̱SÁNEĆ culture, the WLC has been working to reinstate W̱SÁNEĆ language and culture across the territory.  McDonald Park is located on the Northern outskirts of Sidney, BC in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. The 20 hectares of forested parkland has particular historical and cultural significance for the W̱SÁNEĆ people.  McDonald [...]

The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council obtains agreement to rename another park.2020-10-15T18:07:14+00:00

CRD Liaison – Employment Opportunity


The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council is pleased to announce a new employment opportunity.  The WLC is currently pursuing a more active role in municipal decision-making and, as a result, has established a W̱SÁNEĆ CRD Liaison position. The CRD liasion position is full time and based out of the WLC office in Brentwood Bay.  JOB DESCRIPTION As an organization focused on self-determination, the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council works to enhance recognition of, and respect for, W̱SÁNEĆ Douglas Treaty rights and W̱SÁNEĆ Aboriginal rights and title on behalf of Tsartlip First Nation, Tsawout First Nation, and Tseycum First Nation. The WLC is [...]

CRD Liaison – Employment Opportunity2020-10-13T23:40:24+00:00

Clam garden restoration project video report now available


A new video report on the impact of the Clam Garden Restoration project for the W̱SÁNEĆ community has just been released. W̱SÁNEĆ’s ŚW̱,XELOSELWET (Tiffany Joseph) a trained filmmaker, was asked by Parks Canada to create the video, which highlights the impact of the project on the participants. Participants of the Clam Garden Restoration project spent 5 years working to restore clam gardens in W̱SÁNEĆ territory. In addition to improving the ecology of two clam gardens, the project also aimed to reclaim W̱SÁNEĆ knowledge, practices and culture related to clam gardens. Beyond knowledge reclamation and ecological restoration, the project [...]

Clam garden restoration project video report now available2020-10-14T22:22:56+00:00

The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council submits open letter to Prime Minister in support of Mi’kmaq in Fisheries Dispute


W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council's letter to Prime Minister Trudeau condemns government inaction that enables continued infringement of Mi’kmaq rights, further encouraging acts of hostility and violence. Shown above: A Sipekne’katik First Nation community member holds a drum as he sits on lobster traps in Saulnierville, N.S. on Sunday, September 20, 2020. A flotilla of non-Indigenous fishing boats moved into St. Marys Bay off western Nova Scotia on Sunday to remove lobster traps set by fishermen from the Sipekne’katik First Nation. Image courtesy of THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark O’Neill.  Read The Letter RECENT POSTS How are we [...]

The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council submits open letter to Prime Minister in support of Mi’kmaq in Fisheries Dispute2020-09-30T16:04:18+00:00

W̱SÁNEĆ community members provide an Indigenous perspective on reconciliation.


W̱SÁNEĆ community members have been featured in a new website aimed at providing an Indigenous perspective on reconciliation. Shown above: PENÁ Elliott with three student volunteer alumni who spearheaded the Taking Reconcili-Action project. The “Taking Reconcili-Action” project began with student volunteers from the BC Heritage Fairs Society interviewing members of the W̱SÁNEĆ First Nation. The project has culminated in an accessible online resource about meaningful reconciliation, from a W̱SÁNEĆ perspective. Several W̱SÁNEĆ community members are featured, including  J’SIṈTEN (Dr. John Elliott), a well-known mentor and SENĆOŦEN teacher; Chris Paul, the contemporary Salish Artist; the work of Sarah Jay, [...]

W̱SÁNEĆ community members provide an Indigenous perspective on reconciliation.2020-09-02T18:50:29+00:00

Youth build and will launch reef net, this summer


13 W̱SÁNEĆ youth in the community are working diligently to construct a culturally accurate reef net to launch just off Pender Island later this summer. Shown above: the youth have completed constructing the lead portion of the Reef Net. The Youth Reef Net program is a program created by the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council to facilitate knowledge transfer from Elder to Youth, promote W̱SÁNEĆ culture and provide employment opportunities within the community. The youth reef net project is led by youth coordinator and acclaimed local athlete, Landon Underwood. Together, 13 youth ranging in ages from 17-26, have researched, sourced [...]

Youth build and will launch reef net, this summer2020-08-10T17:34:35+00:00

WLC Forms New Entity, Announces Logo Contest, Employment Opportunities


The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council is pleased to announce the creation of a new entity that will be able to provide economic opportunities for W̱SÁNEĆ community members.  After months of research and hard work, the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council has partnered with Sangan Resource Management (SRM) to create a new business entity, K’ENES Transportation. Leveraging SRM’s expertise in engineering, logistics and experience in environmental stewardship, K’ENES is working on securing long term, stable contracts on Vancouver Island and the lower mainland.  K’ENES Transportation will be providing trucking and hauling starting this fall. This business will allow us to support organizations [...]

WLC Forms New Entity, Announces Logo Contest, Employment Opportunities2020-08-12T23:31:45+00:00

Community Profile: W̱SÁNEĆ’s Beangka Elliott


As part of our mandate, the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council regularly features W̱SÁNEĆ community members who work to enhance recognition and respect for W̱SÁNEĆ culture. Beangka is a WSÁNEĆ traditional knowledge holder dedicated to sharing the cultural knowledge that has been passed down to her. Beangka Elliott is passionate about community work, social justice, Indigenous food systems, land stewardship, consent-based practices, and collective decision making. Her work is grounded in her cultural values and decolonial learning. The daughter of master carver Charles Elliott (Tsartlip First Nation) and Myrna Crossley (Songhees and Esquimalt Nations), Beangka grew up in Tsartlip, immersed [...]

Community Profile: W̱SÁNEĆ’s Beangka Elliott2020-07-10T20:58:15+00:00
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