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My duty to stand up for the Salish Sea never diminishes!

2024-05-08T21:50:57+00:00

As the industrialization of the Salish Sea proliferates and overlapping authority of many governing bodies create bureaucratic gridlock, my duty to this territory will never stop. Now more than ever we have a much greater need to protect this fragile ecosystem and restore it to its once abundant biodiversity. [Transcript] The Salish Sea and archipelago of islands sprawling across the international boundary, the place I belong to, was once one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. It is home to the W̱SÁNEĆ emerging people and the SĆÁÁNEW̱ hardest-working wild Pacific salmon whose families have [...]

My duty to stand up for the Salish Sea never diminishes!2024-05-08T21:50:57+00:00

Red Dress Day Event

2024-05-03T18:49:26+00:00

28 hour vigil, art installation, drumming, smudging, guest speakers Date: Sunday, May 5th, 5:00 pm opening & welcome - ongoing until Monday, May 6th, 7 pm, closing Location: BC Legislature This is a FREE and PUBLIC event, everyone is welcome and at any time during the 28 hours. This event will be LIVE on Facebook for those who wish to attend virtually. The event will begin with an opening with the Yellow Wolf Pow Wow Drum group, followed by a light dinner. Smudging, cedar brushing, and the opportunity to decorate your own Luminary Bag, which will be placed around [...]

Red Dress Day Event2024-05-03T18:49:26+00:00

Share your thoughts to receive a $50 gift card!

2024-05-06T21:36:18+00:00

Share your thoughts to receive a $50 gift card! The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council is working on developing a Marine and Land Use Plan for the W̱SÁNEC people that will help guide us under a unified vision for the marine/land environment and protect the W̱SÁNEĆ way of life. It will help identify appropriate strategies to assert and affirm W̱SÁNEĆ authority and presence throughout the territory. This is a multi-year (5+) initiative that will identify community goals and priorities regarding Douglas Treaty Rights, Aboriginal Rights and title, and appropriate strategies to assert and affirm W̱SÁNEĆ authority and presence throughout the territory. [...]

Share your thoughts to receive a $50 gift card!2024-05-06T21:36:18+00:00

WLC Congratulates Haida Nation on Agreement Regarding Title

2024-05-03T05:46:42+00:00

WLC Congratulates Haida Nation on Agreement Regarding Title   The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council (WLC) congratulates the Haida Nation on British Columbia’s recognition of Aboriginal title over the 150 islands of Haida Gwaii. In a huge stride toward genuine reconciliation and the further recognition of Indigenous rights, the British Columbia (BC) government has formally acknowledged the Haida Nation's Aboriginal title over the entirety of Haida Gwaii. This recognition is in an agreement called the Gaayhllxid/Gíihlagalgang "Rising Tide" Haida Title Lands Agreement (“the agreement”) and comes after half a century of perseverance and consistent advocacy by the Haida people. According [...]

WLC Congratulates Haida Nation on Agreement Regarding Title2024-05-03T05:46:42+00:00

Open House: Institute of Ocean Sciences

2024-05-01T01:02:49+00:00

Open House: Institute of Ocean Sciences You're invited to the Institute of Ocean Sciences' Open House! DATE: June 8th, 2024 TIME: 9am - 3pm WHERE: 9860 West Saanich Road, Sidney BC (Institute of Ocean Sciences) This is a family-friendly event organized by the Institute of Ocean Sciences, Pacific Geoscience Centre and Canadian Coast Guard! There will be a variety of free activities all afternoon, including: Tours of a Canadian Coast Guard Ship (closed-toed shoes required) Hands-on science demos in the Fisheries and Oceans Canada labs Info session on job opportunities at sea and in the labs Fun games and [...]

Open House: Institute of Ocean Sciences2024-05-01T01:02:49+00:00

Indigenous Management Board Collaborates to Protect Traditional Territory

2024-05-03T05:52:01+00:00

Indigenous Management Board Collaborates to Protect Traditional Territory   On November 27th, 2019, 11 First Nations, including the Tsartlip, Tseycum and Tsawout (under the umbrella of the WLC), Pauquachin, Malahat, Cowichan, Stz’uminus, Lyackson, Halalt, Snuneymuxw, and the Penelakut Tribe, came together to sign a historic Accord: the IEȽȻIȽTEL or Nuts’a maat kws ‘i’ shul’ hwilasmut tu Skwul ‘i’ kwthe’ Accord (“the Accord”). The Accord was signed in response to the colonial government’s past failures to adequately consult with South Island Coast Salish communities regarding the Gulf Islands National Parks Reserve and more recently the National Marine Conservation Area [...]

Indigenous Management Board Collaborates to Protect Traditional Territory2024-05-03T05:52:01+00:00

Meet Jackie Ohayon

2024-04-25T01:30:47+00:00

Meet Jackie Ohayon, the ȻENEṈITEL Program Coordinator for the WLTS Read the transcript below to learn more about Jackie and the impactful work she'll be doing with the W̱SÁNEĆ Lands Trust Society. Interviewer: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background? My name is Jacqueline Ohayon, but most people call me Jackie. I'm originally from Quebec, I am of settler ancestry - French on my dad's side and English British on my mother's side, so I’m very new to this land.   I've been living in W̱SÁNEĆ and Lək̓ʷəŋən territory for about a year and a half [...]

Meet Jackie Ohayon2024-04-25T01:30:47+00:00

This Time 12 Years Ago – April 2012

2024-04-11T19:20:53+00:00

Foraging First Nations class disrupted by police Students ordered to drop knives, sparking protest JUDITH LAVOIE Times Colonist An outdoor class on traditional First Nations practices came to an abrupt end this week after police arrived and told students to drop the knives they were using to forage for roots and plants.    High school students from Lau,Welnew Tribal School were shaken by the incident at Centennial Park in Central Saanich. A Facebook group set up to protest police actions immediately drew almost 2,000 supporters.    However, Central Saanich police defended their response, saying they needed to ensure park users were safe [...]

This Time 12 Years Ago – April 20122024-04-11T19:20:53+00:00

Snuneymuxw Invites you to attend the 2024 tsetsuw’ hiw’a’lum / Coast Salish Games

2024-04-19T21:50:42+00:00

Snuneymuxw First Nation Invites you to attend the 2024 tsetsuw' hiw'a'lum / Coast Salish Games! Click here to submit an expression of interest! Youth Athletes from ages 7 - 16 can participate in: Track & Field Basketball Soccer Bone Game Paddling The games are scheduled to take place from July 21st to July 26th, followed by the annual Snuneymuxw Days celebration on the 27th and 28th. 2024. The venues for 2024 tsetsuw' hiw'a'lum' are throughout Nanaimo. The Games will begin with an opening ceremony on Sunday, July 21st, at 10:00 am. Following the ceremony, in-person registration will [...]

Snuneymuxw Invites you to attend the 2024 tsetsuw’ hiw’a’lum / Coast Salish Games2024-04-19T21:50:42+00:00
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