Climate Science & Traditional Knowledge Illustration of ÁLEṈENEȻ (homeland) image by Artist David Underwood. The Southern Gulf Islands are disproportionately impacted by the climate emergency declared by the Capital Regional District and the Islands Trust. They are particularly vulnerable to risk of wild fire, drought affecting food production, seasonal water shortage and shoreline erosion caused by sea level rise and increased coastal storm surges. The ṮEṮÁĆES Climate Action Project will develop and deliver 3 five-day (30 hour) intensive educational programs that combine current climate science with Traditional Knowledge of the W̱ SÁNEĆ people to inform and support decision-making [...]
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A Unified Vision for the Marine Environment Please note that the date has been extended for completing the surveys.The deadline is now January 17, 2020. The door prizes will also be drawn that day.Please get your responses in by the deadline, for your chance at winning the iPad grand-prize! The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council is working to establish a Marine Use Plan for the W̱SÁNEC people that will help guide us under a unified vision for the marine environment and the W̱SÁNEĆ way of life. This will be a multi-year (3 years) initiative that will identify community goals and [...]
New WLC Marine Use Planner The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council is excited to announce Shauna Johnson as our new Marine Use Planner starting on October 7, 2019. Shauna is dedicated to W̱SÁNEĆ self-determination, in-depth community engagement, and she brings a wealth of experience to the table. Check out her bio below! Shauna Johnson is Coast Salish from the Tsawout First Nation on her mother’s side and Tsimshian from Laxkwala’ams on her father’s side. She has a Master of Science degree in Indigenous Community Planning (ICP) and has specialized expertise in providing planning support for indigenous communities to revitalize and [...]
Recognition of Service The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council would like to recognize former Chief Harvey Underwood for his service and dedication to the WLC, his commitment ensuring W̱SÁNEĆ unity and his work as a founding member. W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership council wishes Harvey all the best in his future endeavours.