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An introduction to First Nations’ history in the Gulf Islands

    Indigenous News    June 20, 2017

The east coast of Vancouver Island is a rolling forested plain that narrows towards the south where the mountainous spine of the island edges towards the sea, and two rivers, the Cowichan and Chemainus, drain the ancient forests through valleys and fertile deltas. Offshore, a maze of smaller islands forms a seemingly impassable wall along […]

Photos and Video: 2017 National Aboriginal Day at Xwaaqw’um

    Indigenous News    June 19, 2017

Local community and First Nations gathered this past weekend to celebrate National Aboriginal and Father’s Day at Xwaaqw’um Beach (Burgoyne Bay). The family friendly cultural gathering was a celebration and learning about Coast Salish culture and traditions to nurture “Sound Relations” between settlers and First Nations peoples. The gathering included stories from the land, Tzinquaw […]

BC Ferries Unveils New Long Harbour Ferry Hull Wrap

    Indigenous News, News & Events, Travel & Transportation    April 13, 2017

Today at BC Ferries’ Richmond refit facility, the wrap adorning the hull of Salish Eagle was unveiled to Stz’uminus First Nation’s John Marston, who designed the artwork that was revealed last September. Coast Salish artist John Marston’s bold depiction of beautiful red eagles adorning the hull of the new vessel represents the strength and respect […]

Videos and Photos: Xwaaqw’um (Burgoyne Bay) Welcome Pole Unveiling Ceremony

    Indigenous News    August 22, 2016

Four generations of Quw’utsun Tzinquaw Dancers danced the unveiling of the new Xwaaqw’um (Burgoyne Bay) Welcome Poles carved by local Cowichan Master Carver Harold Joe this past Saturday on Salt Spring Island. The ceremony attended by over 200 locals, family, friends and relatives of Hul’qumi’num community members was an unprecedented event in the recent colonial […]

Tsuhatluts, The Dangerous, Fierce, Powerful being of Salt Spring Island

    Indigenous News    July 20, 2016

Salt Spring Island is famous for many things— the Saturday market, the scenery, the cheese, the beer and a woman who tried to abduct children and eat them. Many years ago at the north end of the island there was a small village at P’q’unup (“white shell ground”) with a healthy population of young children. […]

Power and Lightning on the Mountain – The Indigenous Story of Mount Tuam

    Indigenous News, Local News    May 3, 2016

Dominating the southwest end of Salt Spring Island is Mount Tuam, another distinctive iconic island landscape and the only local placename to retain a semblance of the original SENCOTLEN and Hul’q’umi’num’ word—CUAN or Ts’uween (pronounced “ts – uWHlAN” approximately). The word is descriptive and refers to the steep terrain that seems to come straight down […]

Snuw’uyulh and the Sansum Narrows Monster

    Indigenous News, People & Places    February 29, 2016

An important part of snuw’uyulh (putting the thought in the child’s head/cultural teachings) is sxwi’em’ (“sh-why-m” approximately)— a great Hul’q’umi’num’/Sencotlen word that describes ancient times, places in the landscape, and narratives. The root of the word is “change” or “transformation” —the only constant thing in the universe. These stories are connected to landscapes that by […]

Indigenous History of Salt Spring Island

    Indigenous News, News & Events, People & Places    February 3, 2016

In this series we will look at the Indigenous history of Salt Spring Island from the perspective of snuwuyulh (“snuh-WHY-ulth” approximately)—a Hul’q’umi’num’ word broadly translated as “cultural teachings.” The word has a literal meaning of “putting the thought into the child’s head”—a reference to a learning process that occurred from an early, indeed, prenatal stage […]

Video: Kanaka-Salish Family of Isabella Point

    Indigenous News, People & Places    January 18, 2016

Chris Arnett gives a talk at the Salt Spring Historical Society. He draws on many years of research and oral history. Archival photos and maps help illustrate local landmarks and significant historical events in the lives of Salt Spring’s First Nations families, Hawaiian and European settlers. Video: Peter Prince / saltspringvideo

Video: The Archeology of Shiya’hwt (Ganges)

    Indigenous News, Local News    December 9, 2015

Learn more about this town of ‘Ganges’ that we live in and around on Salt Spring Island. Archeologist Chris Arnett recalls the fascinating First Nations history of Ganges Village, known by the name of Shiya’hwt to its original inhabitants. For thousands of years Coast Salish people carried on their cultural traditions and harvested the areas […]

Video: Grace Islet Benefit Concert

    Indigenous News, News & Events, Photos & Videos    November 28, 2014

On Saturday Nov. 22 a special Benefit Concert and Silent Auction was held to help protect Grace Islet, the First Nations burial ground in Ganges Harbour that is being desecrated by construction of a private home. Opened with a traditional prayer by highly respected Elder Luschiim (Arvid Charlie) and a song by his nephew Louis […]

First Nations History of Shiya’hwt (Ganges Village)

    Indigenous News, Photos & Videos    November 11, 2014

Archeologist Chris Arnett recalls the fascinating First Nations history of Ganges Village, known by the name of Shiya’hwt to its original inhabitants. For thousands of years Coast Salish people carried on their cultural traditions and harvested the areas abundant resources, until epidemics decimated their population and the coming of the Europeans changed their way of […]

Community News

  • Local Author Wins 10th Annual Bolen Book...

    by on October 13, 2017 - Comments

    Tonight, two Victoria authors were recognized for their literary talent at the 2017 Victoria Book Prize Society Awards Gala. Yasuko Thanh was named the winner of the 14th annual City of Victoria Butler Book Prize for Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains (Hamish Hamilton). Margriet Ruurs was named the winner of the 10th annual Bolen […]

  • Live Stream: Celebration of Life for Ali...

    by on October 12, 2017 - Comments

    Our family welcomes you all to attend a Celebration of Life in honour of Alistair Hayne. The celebration will be held on Sunday October 15, 2017 at 2 pm in the gymnasium at Gulf Islands Secondary School on Salt Spring Island. Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be served after the celebration. Please feel welcome […]

  • Emergency Exercise Needs Volunteers

    by on October 10, 2017 - Comments

    Volunteer to be a part of a rescue exercise on Wednesday, October 25, 2017! “Exercise Salish Sea.” This exercise will have the BC Ferries Coastal Renaissance simulate a car deck fire on board and anchor the boat in Trincomali Channel. To make Exercise Salish Sea as real as possible, we’re asking for the public’s help. […]

  • Assistance with New Regulations Restrict...

    by on October 10, 2017 - Comments

    Tomorrow marks the implementation of Transport Canada regulations that restrict passengers from remaining in their vehicles on closed car decks. BC Ferries understands this change impacts customers that need to remain in their vehicles. BC Ferries wants to help where possible. Customers needing to remain in their vehicles should identify themselves at the ticket booth […]

  • The Creativity Panel – Where Scien...

    by on October 4, 2017 - Comments

    Atom Egoyan, Art McDonald, Meaghan Ogilvie on Salt Spring Island, BC, October 14, 2017 ~ Three renowned Canadians present their views on the topic of the ‘creative mind’ during a panel discussion focussed on creativity in the arts and sciences. Hosted as part of the Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) on October 14th, the panellists […]

  • Report: How Are Salt Spring’s Vita...

    by on October 4, 2017 - Comments

    Think you know Salt Spring Island? For the past six months, the Salt Spring Island Foundation has been compiling VitalSigns®, a compelling report that looks under the covers of our little island and reveals some fascinating facts. The 24-page Vital Signs report explores 12 areas of special interest, including arts and culture, health and wellness, […]

  • Salt Spring Aims to REDress Violence Aga...

    by on October 3, 2017 - Comments

    On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, the Salt Spring community will come together to honour the National Day of Remembrance for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls by hanging red dresses in the trees of Centennial Park. A 2014 police report counted the number of Indigenous women murdered or missing in the last three decades […]

  • Salt Spring Reads: BC’s Butterflies of C...

    by on October 3, 2017 - Comments

    Salt Spring Reads is an online book club/review. For this column I try to find books that you might love to discover, books with a Salt Spring connection. Reviewed books are available at the Salt Spring Library and in local bookstores. Feel free to share your comments to discuss this book online with others. Robin Fitzgerald […]

  • Linda’s List: This Month’s G...

    by on October 1, 2017 - Comments

    The golden days of fall are such a delight…but they do remind us that there are things to do before winter: All you Brussels sprout growers, if you haven’t done so, this is the week to pinch out the tips of the plants to hasten the growth of the sprouts along the stem. If you […]