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Community Profile: W̱SÁNEĆ’s Beangka Elliott

2020-07-10T20:58:15+00:00

As part of our mandate, the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council regularly features W̱SÁNEĆ community members who work to enhance recognition and respect for W̱SÁNEĆ culture. Beangka is a WSÁNEĆ traditional knowledge holder dedicated to sharing the cultural knowledge that has been passed down to her. Beangka Elliott is passionate about community work, social justice, Indigenous food systems, land stewardship, consent-based practices, and collective decision making. Her work is grounded in her cultural values and decolonial learning. The daughter of master carver Charles Elliott (Tsartlip First Nation) and Myrna Crossley (Songhees and Esquimalt Nations), Beangka grew up in Tsartlip, immersed [...]

Community Profile: W̱SÁNEĆ’s Beangka Elliott2020-07-10T20:58:15+00:00

Environmental Remediation and Monitoring Opportunity

2020-07-07T22:58:04+00:00

Environmental Remediation and Monitoring Opportunity JOB DESCRIPTION The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council has created an opportunity for a W̱SÁNEĆ person interested in Environmental Remediation and Monitoring. The work to take place this summer involves the remediation of ḰEL,SET (Reay) Creek. This position is not the same as a Cultural Monitor. Between mid-July and mid-September, Transport Canada will be working to remove pollutants from the creek and pond. The Environmental Monitor Assistant will monitor the remediation work to ensure that W̱SÁNEĆ environmental interests are considered. The successful candidate will have the ability to share information and receive on the [...]

Environmental Remediation and Monitoring Opportunity2020-07-07T22:58:04+00:00

Youth Employment Opportunity

2020-07-07T22:59:09+00:00

W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council - Youth Employment Opportunity Job Description: Six Youth Reef Net Workers Date Posted: June 30, 2020 Due Date: July 8, 2020 Application Details: Please send resume and cover letter to Gord Elliott, Director of Operations (gord.elliott@wsanec.com) by due date JOB DESCRIPTION As an organization focused on self-determination, the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council promotes the W̱SÁNEĆ culture, traditional practices, and SENĆOŦEN language, including the original W̱SÁNEĆ management of the environment as it was meant to be. The WLC also seeks to promote sustainable and equitable development of resources within W̱SÁNEĆ Territory. One of the projects the [...]

Youth Employment Opportunity2020-07-07T22:59:09+00:00

Employment Opportunity

2020-06-30T23:29:32+00:00

W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council Job Opportunity Job Description: Policy/Negotiations Analyst Date Posted: July 1, 2020 Due Date: July 23, 2020 Application Details: Please send resume and cover letter to Gord Elliott, Director of Operations (gord.elliott@wsanec.com) by due date JOB DESCRIPTION As an organization focused on self-determination, the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council (WLC) works to enhance recognition of, and respect for, W̱SÁNEĆ Douglas Treaty rights and W̱SÁNEĆ Aboriginal rights and title on behalf of Tsartlip First Nation, Tsawout First Nation, and Tseycum First Nation. The WLC is currently pursuing substantive negotiations at a Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self Determination Table [...]

Employment Opportunity2020-06-30T23:29:32+00:00

A history of the airport

2020-06-24T19:28:39+00:00

The WLC is currently in discussions with Transport Canada and the Victoria Airport Authority to pursue economic opportunities for W̱SÁNEĆ people, a meaningful role for W̱SÁNEĆ decision-making, and improved care for the environment on lands currently occupied by the Victoria International Airport. The large parcel of land in the middle of the Saanich Peninsula (blue) is owned by Transport Canada and leased by the Victoria Airport Authority.  The nearly 1200 acres of land owned by Transport Canada lies directly between the W̱SÁNEĆ villages and prevents W̱SÁNEĆ people from exercising their rights and sacred responsibilities in this region. Many [...]

A history of the airport2020-06-24T19:28:39+00:00

Community Profile: W̱SÁNEĆ’s ŚW̱,XELOSELWET Tiffany Joseph

2020-06-10T23:15:18+00:00

As part of our mandate, the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council regularly features W̱SÁNEĆ community members who work to enhance recognition and respect for W̱SÁNEĆ culture. Self-described as a SENĆOŦEN Language and Cultural Revitalist, Astrologer and Public Speaker, Tiffany Joseph has played an integral and active role advocating for Indigenous language and culture revitalization. She is a former apprentice-teacher at SȾÁUTW̱ SENĆOŦEN,ÁUTW̱ (the Tsawout Language Nest), a certified Pollinator Steward and the former 2019 North Saanich Candidate for Council. Currently, Tiffany is the Food Systems Animator for ŚW̱,ȻENEṈITEL the Indigenous Foods Initiative.  We caught up with Tiffany via phone in [...]

Community Profile: W̱SÁNEĆ’s ŚW̱,XELOSELWET Tiffany Joseph2020-06-10T23:15:18+00:00

Four Stories Of How Things Came To Be

2020-05-21T21:54:19+00:00

The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council, as part of the work to reinstate W̱SÁNEĆ Natural Laws, is working with Elders to capture W̱SÁNEĆ Creation stories. Once captured, these stories are then transcribed and translated into English with two goals.  The first goal is to create a comprehensive repository of culture, language, history and law for future generations. The second goal is to articulate and apply the Natural Laws in policies made throughout W̱SÁNEĆ territory. This work of compiling W̱SÁNEĆ Natural Laws began 40 years ago through the hard work of W̱SÁNEĆ Elders. To learn more about this work, the W̱SÁNEĆ [...]

Four Stories Of How Things Came To Be2020-05-21T21:54:19+00:00

Call for submissions: Perform at the W̱SÁNEĆ Celebration of Culture

2020-06-09T21:32:22+00:00

The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council is looking for W̱SÁNEĆ people to perform during an event to celebrate W̱SÁNEĆ culture.  Are you an artist, dancer, performer, musician, comedian, storyteller, author or poet? Are you a W̱SÁNEĆ community member? Would you like the opportunity to showcase your talent? The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council is looking for W̱SÁNEĆ people to perform during an event to celebrate W̱SÁNEĆ culture. The event itself will take place in the summer of 2020.  In these uncertain and often difficult times, art can remind us of the joys of life and the resiliency of our people. While this [...]

Call for submissions: Perform at the W̱SÁNEĆ Celebration of Culture2020-06-09T21:32:22+00:00

The WLC Works to Reinstate Natural Laws.

2020-05-07T19:55:12+00:00

In its ongoing work to enhance recognition and respect for W̱SÁNEĆ peoples’ rights, the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council is making progress on the enormous task of revitalizing W̱SÁNEĆ Natural Laws.  W̱SÁNEĆ Natural Laws come from the Creation Stories that have been passed down from generation to generation. These Creation Stories and Natural Laws have survived through multiple epidemics, the oppressive residential school system, and the criminalization of W̱SÁNEĆ cultural practices. While the colonial government tried to eliminate SENĆOŦEN and W̱SÁNEĆ culture, W̱SÁNEĆ people resisted and continue to live according to these teachings. Image: CBC https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/residential-day-school-survivors-who-lost-language-and-culture-seek-redress-1.3032862 J,SIṈTEN, John Elliott, [...]

The WLC Works to Reinstate Natural Laws.2020-05-07T19:55:12+00:00

WLC forming W̱SÁNEĆ Youth Advisory Committee

2020-05-02T00:54:56+00:00

The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council has begun work to form a W̱SÁNEĆ Youth Advisory Committee. ‎Eric F. H. Pelkey‎ to WSÁNEC - Saanich Nation REQUEST FOR W̱SÁNEĆ YOUTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE LETTERS OF INTEREST May 01, 2020 – The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council has begun work to form a W̱SÁNEĆ Youth Advisory Committee. TheW̱SÁNEĆ Youth Advisory Committee will provide recommendations on matters related to W̱SÁNEĆ youth and community. The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council requests that eligible applicants submit Letters of Interest to the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council. These Letters of Interest should state how you meet the W̱SÁNEĆ Youth Advisory Committee eligibility requirements (below), why [...]

WLC forming W̱SÁNEĆ Youth Advisory Committee2020-05-02T00:54:56+00:00