Monthly Archives: May 2023

Collaboration Between Nations Key To Reclaiming Land Rights

2023-06-15T06:27:29+00:00

Collaboration Between Nations Key To Reclaiming Land Rights The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council is celebrating the victories of BC First Nations who have reclaimed land-based rights in shared territories. Shown above, Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish Nation, and Tsleil-Waututh Nation sign a historic collaboration agreement with Vancouver’s UNDRIP Task Force  Challenges in working with colonial bodies to reclaim land rights Historically, colonial bodies have failed to acknowledge Indigenous perspectives on land ownership, rights, and land use. Where colonial bodies rely on rigidly defined property lines to determine who “owns” land, Indigenous understandings of who can access shared and overlapping territories is [...]

Collaboration Between Nations Key To Reclaiming Land Rights2023-06-15T06:27:29+00:00

Salmon Habitat & Killer Whales At Increased Risk Due to Ongoing Malahat Expansion: W̱SÁNEĆ Nation Member Protests

2023-10-05T17:14:53+00:00

Salmon Habitat & Killer Whales At Increased Risk Due to Ongoing Malahat Expansion: W̱SÁNEĆ Nation Member Protests Carl Olsen - ZȺWIZUT, a W̱SÁNEĆ Nation member has literally taken to the streets. Every Tuesday since March, he stands along the Malahat Highway to raise awareness about the impacts of ongoing construction on the salmon spawning in Goldstream Provincial Park. “Under the (Douglas) Treaty, this stream is protected because we have a right to fish in this stream, but we also have a right to hunt and fish as formerly as well as protect it. That comes first. I have the [...]

Salmon Habitat & Killer Whales At Increased Risk Due to Ongoing Malahat Expansion: W̱SÁNEĆ Nation Member Protests2023-10-05T17:14:53+00:00

PENÁW̱EṈ – Moon of the Camas Harvest

2023-05-23T23:52:26+00:00

This time of year,  is traditionally known as PENÁW̱EṈ-MOON OF CAMAS HARVEST PENÁWEṈ TES E EṮ PENÁW̱EṈ ȻNIȽs YÁs TŦEN QEȽ W̱ILṈEW̱TOL OX̱E TŦE ṮEṮÁĆES. OLEXETES TŦE ḰȽOEL U SXÁĆEȽ TŦE Ć,ȻÁ, E TŦE ḰȽOEL LÁE TŦE Á,ŦȻEȽ. EWEs U MEQ SÁN Ć,ȻÁ, MEQ EXIN E TŦE ÁLEṈENEȻ ŚW̱LÁEs Ȼs ISTs TŦE QEȽ W̱ILṈEW̱ȽTE. ṮAḴT TŦE SȻÁĆEL ṮWE EWEs ENÁN SȽEMW̱TW̱E ÍY QÁLES. NI E TŦE EN QEȽ W̱ILṈEW̱TŦE Ć,ȻÁ, E SWÁLET: 1) TŦE ȾEȾXOLESs TŦE ḰENI I. 2) TŦE ŚW̱LÁEs ȻS JISEṈs TŦE ḰȽOEL U YOŦ OL U ELEXOTEṈ TŦE XIW̱E I TŦE SQIȾI. PENÁW̱EṈ-MOON OF CAMAS [...]

PENÁW̱EṈ – Moon of the Camas Harvest2023-05-23T23:52:26+00:00

The WLC and Raincoast are seeking a Nature Smart Project Coordinator

2023-05-16T21:52:00+00:00

The WLC and Raincoast are seeking a Nature Smart Project Coordinator W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council (WLC) and Raincoast Conservation Foundation (Raincoast) are seeking a contracted project coordinator to support ongoing nature smart conservation work within W̱SÁNEĆ Territories. The successful candidate will help to advance local, collaborative efforts to mobilize nature-smart climate solutions under Indigenous leadership. This work will involve organizing engagement events with W̱SÁNEĆ community members; helping to develop replicable nature smart climate solution frameworks (with the support of local partners); drafting communications pertaining to the project; organizing and facilitating meetings with collaborative partners; and drafting funding proposals for advancing project [...]

The WLC and Raincoast are seeking a Nature Smart Project Coordinator2023-05-16T21:52:00+00:00

Province of BC commits to take steps toward meaningful reconciliation in a new Letter of Understanding

2023-06-15T06:54:52+00:00

Two years of discussions have culminated in a just-signed working arrangement with the Province of BC.  A new Letter of Understanding (LOU) between the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council and the Province of BC is an agreement to have the kinds of discussions necessary for achieving lasting reconciliation.  The LOU is a meaningful first step in attaining the kinds of policy changes necessary to effectively improve the issues most important to members of the W̱SÁNEĆ Nation. This work will include seeking to clarify shared understandings of the Douglas Treaties, and how to move forward together.  “This Letter of Understanding signals an [...]

Province of BC commits to take steps toward meaningful reconciliation in a new Letter of Understanding2023-06-15T06:54:52+00:00

Critical Access to Sports and Recreation Is Missing for too many W̱SÁNEĆ 

2023-05-09T15:41:04+00:00

Critical Access to Sports and Recreation Is Missing for too many W̱SÁNEĆ Sport and recreation provide much needed community health benefits, but lack of space, funds and transportation limit participation for many W̱SÁNEĆ community members. Shown above, some members of the Geronimo Canoe Club There is no doubt sports and recreation are fundamental to a healthy life. They provide opportunities to create community, build physical health, and support mental health. That’s why, in settler communities, nearly every neighborhood has a community center with a gym and a robust schedule of programming. Sports and recreation opportunities are equally if not [...]

Critical Access to Sports and Recreation Is Missing for too many W̱SÁNEĆ 2023-05-09T15:41:04+00:00

Announcing QENTOL, YEN / WSÁNEĆ Marine Guardians Program’s First Report

2023-05-09T15:43:41+00:00

We're thrilled to present the first report of our QENTOL, YEN / WSÁNEĆ Marine Guardians Program. Our program supports our specific needs as WSÁNEĆ Marine Guardians by increasing WSÁNEĆ presence in the Salish Sea. In addition, our work ensures the WSÁNEĆ Leadership Council has access to better information to advocate for our relatives of the deep, the KELLOLEMEĆEN. Lastly, the Southern Resident Killer Whale Monitoring Program will act as a knowledge hub for any First Nations group that may not have its own monitoring program. This report will provide detailed information gathered by our QENTOL, YEN / WSÁNEĆ Marine Guardians [...]

Announcing QENTOL, YEN / WSÁNEĆ Marine Guardians Program’s First Report2023-05-09T15:43:41+00:00

Experienced Childminder Needed

2023-05-08T23:03:44+00:00

Are you an experienced Childcare Provider? Available from 9-3 on Wednesday? $25.00/hr. Wednesday, May 10 Tsawout Auditorium Open House Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm Looking for a person with childminding experience (ECE diploma not needed); Please be willing to bring books, art supplies, paper, children’s toys, etc. to entertain children as needed. Please email Thomas.Munson@saanich.ca RECENT POSTS Join the next community engagement session.

Experienced Childminder Needed2023-05-08T23:03:44+00:00

May 5th is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

2023-05-04T23:16:32+00:00

In Canada, Indigenous women and girls are targeted for violence more than any other group.  They are 12 times more likely to go missing or be killed. In the US, they face murder rates up to 10 times higher than the national average. An annual women’s memorial march to commemorate missing and murdered indigenous women and girls takes place each Valentines Day downtown Vancouver (image courtesy of Daily Hive) In 2019, a national inquiry named this crisis in Canada a genocide. The in-depth report found that regularly, missing indigenous women and girls are stereotyped or stigmatized and their family’s [...]

May 5th is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.2023-05-04T23:16:32+00:00
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