TLC To transfer SISȻENEM (Halibut Island) to W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council

2021-03-04T23:41:35+00:00

TLC To transfer SISȻENEM (Halibut Island) to W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council. Charity raises more than $1.55M to purchase and protect the ecological and cultural gem. Click here to read the full press release Shown above: SISȻENEM Victoria, BC – The Land Conservancy of British Columbia (TLC) and the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council are pleased to announce a landmark partnership agreement that will transfer title of SISȻENEM, a 9.67-acre island off the east coast of Sidney Island, from the charitable land trust to the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council as an act of reconciliation. Also known as Halibut Island, the island was recently [...]

TLC To transfer SISȻENEM (Halibut Island) to W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council2021-03-04T23:41:35+00:00

W̱SÁNEĆ Art Protocol

2021-03-02T00:32:21+00:00

W̱SÁNEĆ  Art Protocol W̱SÁNEĆ people have created and displayed art and sacred symbols of our culture throughout W̱SÁNEĆ territory since long before settlers arrived. The art that W̱SÁNEĆ people created was expressed in, and on, multiple mediums for many different purposes: intricately carved household objects, complicated mechanical ceremonial objects, woven Chiefs' regalia, large carved and painted house posts, and innumerable other objects that are each an integral part of W̱SÁNEĆ culture. Each of these objects--whether used in private or displayed in public--was intended to express a distinctly W̱SÁNEĆ identity to all those able to see them. However, [...]

W̱SÁNEĆ Art Protocol2021-03-02T00:32:21+00:00

WLC to build a referrals office to improve management of colonial activity within the territory.

2021-03-04T23:43:17+00:00

The WLC is pleased to announce work on a dedicated referrals office will begin this year.  Shown above: a map of the Wastewater Treatment Project ending at the Hartland Residuals Treatment Facility in W̱SÁNEĆ territory What is known as referrals are formal requests for consultation with outside parties on work within the territory. Referrals are received in accordance with the duty to consult, a legal obligation that must be fulfilled by the government prior to taking actions or making decisions that may have consequences for the rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Some referrals pertain to large projects such [...]

WLC to build a referrals office to improve management of colonial activity within the territory.2021-03-04T23:43:17+00:00

WEXES – MOON OF THE FROG (Mid February to Mid March)

2021-03-04T23:44:08+00:00

This time of year, from around what is now called mid-February to mid-March, is traditionally known as WEXWS-Moon of the Frog. The frog on the face of the moon represents DOLUANW – the Keeper of the Sacred Season. It is time to gather food & medicine. The W̱SÁNEĆ People place cedar boughs at the shore so herring will lay roe on them. CONNECTIONS AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION  The W̱SÁNEĆ People designated this month to sacredness and purification. For the W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples, this moon, in particular, is significant because the frog acts as a witness and a messenger. The frog [...]

WEXES – MOON OF THE FROG (Mid February to Mid March)2021-03-04T23:44:08+00:00

Feb 18th Community Engagement Session

2021-03-04T23:44:30+00:00

Feb 18th join us for our first in-depth community engagement session! This session is strictly for W̱SÁNEĆ people to focus on our shared history.  Register Here As we all know, our history has been told and written about us in various non-indigenous books and documents and our oral history was disregarded in much of this. Participants will be guided through a facilitated discussion to brainstorm we can share our history in a way we want it to be told. Who are we as W̱SÁNEĆ people and what are the important pieces of history that can be included in the [...]

Feb 18th Community Engagement Session2021-03-04T23:44:30+00:00
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