LÁU, WELṈEW̱ School Expansion Project 2020 - 2021 The project scope is to expand both the elementary and secondary schools, demolish and replace the gymnasium building with a full-size Gym. A total of 2,871 m2 of new space, along with associated site servicing, site development, and upgrades to site drainage. Construction will be carried out by General Contract, successful applicants will be hired and employed by the Expansion Project Contractors. Please submit your resume to the W̱SÁNEĆ School Board Administration Reception Office at: 7449 West Saanich Rd. Brentwood Bay BC, V8M 1R3 Click here for map Or [...]
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Salish Sea Herring Collapse Looms as DFO Bows to Industry, Ignoring its Own Science, Indigenous Knowledge and Public Outcry Original Story from Pacific Wild - January 30, 2020 Vancouver Island Communities and conservation groups alarmed as DFO green-lights 20% herring quota despite management plan outlining HIGH risk of stock collapse. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Salish Sea, January 30th 2020 – Ignoring calls for a moratorium by over one hundred thousand Canadians, 53 Vancouver Island municipalities, First Nations groups, local government federations as well as its own scientists, Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has just implemented a Management [...]
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 [...]
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.