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South Island Chiefs Come Together To Condemn Violence, Call for Peace

2021-07-23T18:37:32+00:00

On July 9th, the Chiefs of the Songhees Nation, Esquimalt Nation, Beecher Bay First Nation, T’Sou-ke Nation, Malahat First Nation, ­Tsawout First Nation, Tsartlip First Nation, ­Pauquachin First Nation and Tseycum First Nation came together to issue a joint statement condemning violence in their territories and calling for peace. Chiefs from nine First Nations gather to issue a joint statement condemning violence and calling for peace. Image courtesy of Randall Garrison The rising death toll attributed to Crown and Church-sponsored Residential Schools led to the cancellation of Canada Day and an outpouring of support as South Island residents [...]

South Island Chiefs Come Together To Condemn Violence, Call for Peace2021-07-23T18:37:32+00:00

This time of year is known as ĆENHENEN

2021-07-09T21:37:59+00:00

This time of year is traditionally known as ĆENHENEN.  ĆENHENEN NIȽ ŚW̱TÁĆELS TŦE HENEN HIȽ ŚW̱DÁLETEṈs E TŦE ÍY QÁLES X̱EṈ OL Ȼs XÁĆEṈs. TOW̱OL U ṈEN TŦE SĆÁNEW̱E TIÁ ȽḴÁLJ. MEQ EXIN ŚW̱OX̱s TŦEN QEȽ W̱ILṈEW̱LÁE EṮ ĆELȽTENEM, TEMTEM AXEN, SMO₭EĆ, SDÁYES, ḰENNES. NIȽ SU ĆḴEĆEs TŦEN QEȽ W̱ILṈEW̱. SU ṮÁNEḴs KPETTEs TŦE SĆÁLEĆES ḰEL ḰEL E TŦE SYESEs TŦE ṈENṈENEs E TŦE SȻÁs ĆELÁṈENs. SU MEQs SÁN XĆIT ȻE NIȽ Es SÁN TŦE ṈENṈENEs ȻE ĆTOLES Es SE ȻE NÁTEṈ Es. HO ȻENNES TŦE ṈEN S,IȽEN TŦE EȽTÁLṈEW̱SU HIMETs TŦE SĆÁLEĆEs ṈÁTW̱E TŦE ŚW̱SIÁMs EṈOTEs TŦE [...]

This time of year is known as ĆENHENEN2021-07-09T21:37:59+00:00

QENTOL, YEN / W̱SÁNEĆ Marine Guardians Logo Contest

2021-07-09T20:01:38+00:00

ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY Deadline July 30th, 2021 12pm QENTOL, YEN / W̱SÁNEĆ Marine Guardians Program Needs a Logo  Our W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council newly established QENTOL, YEN / W̱SÁNEĆ Marine Guardian Program needs a Logo. All W̱SÁNEĆ artists are encouraged to submit a design  Required guidelines to enter your logo:  Preference will be given to W̱SÁNEĆ Ancestry  We are looking for a design that will represent the Guardians Monitoring our traditional waters of the Salish Sea  An Orca design has to be incorporated into your logo.    Logo will need to be in color & or black/white    Logo has to [...]

QENTOL, YEN / W̱SÁNEĆ Marine Guardians Logo Contest2021-07-09T20:01:38+00:00

Gulf Island Salmon Fishery Closures Triggered by Killer Whale Presence

2021-07-09T21:45:09+00:00

The Southern Gulf Islands salmon fishery will be closed due to the confirmed presence of Southern Resident Killer Whales in Haro Strait area. These closures are in effect from July 4 until October 31, 2021. For more information on the closure protocol, please see below. Learn More MORE OPPORTUNITIES

Gulf Island Salmon Fishery Closures Triggered by Killer Whale Presence2021-07-09T21:45:09+00:00

The WLC Condemns Burning of Totem Pole on YOS, a Sacred Mountain to W̱SÁNEĆ People

2021-07-09T17:04:22+00:00

  The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council was extremely disappointed to learn of the acts of racist retribution that occurred yesterday on our sacred mountain, YOS. During the "Honouring Our Children" vigil held at the Legislative Assembly Building on July 1, 2021, the nearby statue of James Cook was removed by some of those in attendance. In response, a totem pole at the top of YOS (Malahat Ridge) was burned, and a message was left: "One Totem - One Statue." Shown above: The desecrated totem pole on top of YOS The "Honouring Our Children" vigil was intended to pay respect [...]

The WLC Condemns Burning of Totem Pole on YOS, a Sacred Mountain to W̱SÁNEĆ People2021-07-09T17:04:22+00:00

WLC launches Southern Resident Killer Whale Monitoring Program

2021-06-30T20:34:24+00:00

Prior to colonization, the W̱SÁNEĆ people were part of nature, not apart from it. Since the removal and interruption of the natural ways of being, both W̱SÁNEĆ people and the killer whales have suffered. As such, the WLC is in the beginning stages of creating a Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) Monitoring Program. The SRKW Monitoring Program is a multi-year initiative that seeks to remedy the colonial interruption by creating something that resembles a W̱SÁNEĆ Guardian Program, like many other First Nations have done. This program will restore the balance between the W̱SÁNEĆ and the KELȽOLEMEĆEN / Orcas, get [...]

WLC launches Southern Resident Killer Whale Monitoring Program2021-06-30T20:34:24+00:00

WLC explores carbon sequestration as a new potential revenue stream

2021-06-24T19:07:14+00:00

 According to the colonial capitalist system, forests do not have financial value unless they are cut down. This extractive perspective has resulted in devastating impacts to the forests and the oceans in W̱SÁNEĆ territory. In fact, nearly all Coastal Douglas-fir-associated plant communities are considered threatened or endangered due to extensive development.  Image courtesy of Raincoast.org As the non-Indigenous world, at last, begins to understand the inherent value of the earth, more and more companies and political bodies are coming under pressure to show, at minimum, a neutral impact on the environment. And, with this pressure, a unique opportunity [...]

WLC explores carbon sequestration as a new potential revenue stream2021-06-24T19:07:14+00:00

The WLC launches Community Skills & Small Business Showcase

2021-06-17T20:26:52+00:00

  The WLC has launched a community skills and small business showcase to enhance economic development, skills training and employment rates within the community. Shown above: Pottery by Faye Oakes Recently, the WLC created and launched an Art Protocol - specifically showcasing W̱SÁNEĆ artists that offer large scale commercial art - such as murals, totem poles, sculptures and the types of large installations typically commissioned for public buildings. The intention of this initiative was to provide culturally appropriate direction for settlers that wish to commission W̱SÁNEĆ art, ensuring proper considerations and compensation are provided. In addition to the [...]

The WLC launches Community Skills & Small Business Showcase2021-06-17T20:26:52+00:00

This time of year is known as ĆENHENEN

2021-07-09T21:29:13+00:00

This time of year is traditionally known as ĆENHENEN.  ĆENŦEḴI EȽTÁLṈEW̱JE LE TŦE SĆÁNEW̱I ENÁN JE LE U TSOS TŦE W̱SÁNEĆ EȽTÁLṈEW̱SU ȾW̱IṈETEṈs E TŦE SĆÁNEW̱NIȽ ȻE ĆÁ ŚW̱ELOXET ȽTE TŦE SĆÁNEW̱. NIȽ S,HI,WEḰ SĆÁNEW̱TŦE ŦEḴI U HÍ TŦE SṮELIṮḴEȽ X̱EN I IȽEN E TŦE ŦEḴI EȻs TUOs TÁĆEL TŦE ŦEḴI. NIȽ SU TÁĆELs ĆÍK I ĆÁȽs IȽENs TŦE W̱SÁNEĆ EȽ TÁLṈEW̱. I HO JE LE EWE ĆḴEĆEs TŦE SWÁLET SU YÁs QENETEṈ E TŦE ŚNÁEM ȻE STÁṈ Es SQÁYs TŦE SWÁLET. ÍY QÁLES TŦE SȻÁĆEL E TŦE ĆENŦEḴI ÁNW̱ȽḴÁLJ. I ȻȽ TÁĆELs TŦE W̱EW̱ELEŚ NIȽ ₭ELLET TŦE [...]

This time of year is known as ĆENHENEN2021-07-09T21:29:13+00:00

The WLC celebrates the 2SLGBTQIA + members of our community during Pride month

2021-07-09T21:42:27+00:00

The WLC celebrates the 2SLGBTQIA + members of our community during Pride month. Shown above: the Two-Spirit Flag No matter how our members identify, or what their sexual orientation is, it’s critical all our members feel included and safe within our community. We recognize the correlation between good holistic health and the freedom to be who you truly are. It is a month to celebrate our friends and relatives who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+  Indeed, there is much evidence to suggest that strict gender roles and heteronormativity are concepts imposed upon us through colonization. Many Indigenous cultures have terms [...]

The WLC celebrates the 2SLGBTQIA + members of our community during Pride month2021-07-09T21:42:27+00:00
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