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Interpretive Panels Moves Forward with Boost from Heritage Legacy Fund

    Art & Design, Indigenous News, People & Places, Travel & Transportation    July 3, 2018

Island Pathways is receiving a much-needed boost of $4100 to support its interpretive panels program, which will highlight the history of heritage locations and building along the Ganges Village Pathway Network. The funding comes through the Heritage Legacy Fund, the only provincial grant program that supports heritage conservation, awareness, planning and Indigenous partnership projects. Island […]

Work Progressing on the Xwaaqw’um Big Canoe – Carver’s Host Fernwood Nature Class Visits

    Indigenous News, People & Places    June 1, 2018

The 32’ foot-long snuhwulh (big canoe), carved from a single 710 year old X’pey (western red cedar tree) downed in a river valley windstorm will be finished over the next month or so for the Xwaaqw’um Project (aka Burgoyne Bay). “The Hul’q’umi’num word for canoe is snuhwulh, which means to transport people,” says Joe Akerman, local community organizer for the Xwaaqw’um Project […]

Salish Sea Featured in Latest Langscape Magazine

    Indigenous News    December 21, 2017

“Reconnection and Reconciliation in the Salish Sea, Pacific Northwest” is the specially featured section in the Winter 2017 issue of Langscape Magazine. Three writers from around the Salish Sea region contributed stories to this section. On Salt Spring Island, Joe Akerman comes home—literally and metaphorically—to Hwaaqw’um, a village site of his Quw’utsun (Coast Salish) ancestors, […]

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 […]

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  • New Free Wi-Fi connects Lady Minto Hospi...

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    Free public Wi-Fi is now available to patients and visitors at Lady Minto Hospital thanks to financial support from the Lady Minto Hospital Auxiliary, Lady Minto Hospital Foundation, Country Grocer, Island Health and the Salt Spring Exchange. “We are thrilled to be bringing public Wi-Fi to patients and visitors at Lady Minto Hospital. We know […]

  • Community Alliance Releases Governance R...

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    The Governance Working Group, one of six working groups of the Salt Spring Community Alliance, includes volunteers who supported both sides in the 2017 incorporation referendum and some who remained neutral. We came together believing there were ways we could enhance how local government works within our current unincorporated system. We believe it is important […]

  • Clean Air Bylaw includes cannabis, vapin...

    by on 14 hours ago

    Island Health, in partnership with the Capital Regional District, supports all efforts to promote outdoor public spaces free of smoke from tobacco and vapour devices, as well as cannabis (when legalized). Island Health enforcement officers and CRD bylaw officers continue to provide education and awareness around the CRD’s Clean Air Bylaw (no.3962). Island Health enforcement […]

  • Parting Words from Wayne McIntyre, Elect...

    by on 17 hours ago

    While I have advised those who have asked that I don’t intent to run for elected office in the forthcoming local government elections, I felt it was timely to release something more formal. First of all I want to thank the community for giving me the opportunity to represent Salt Spring as the CRD Director […]

  • Long Harbour Terminal – Night Work...

    by on September 11, 2018

    Please be advised that night work will be required on the Salish Eagle while berthed at Long Harbour terminal. Work will commence after the last scheduled sailing on the evening of September 12. This night work is necessary in order to prevent a service disruption. All efforts will be made to minimize the level and […]

  • Fire News: Chief’s Response Report – 201...

    by on September 11, 2018

    Salt Spring Fire Rescue (SSIFR) responded to 71 Incidents for the month of July. Operations Update Due to dry and hot weather, SSIFR declared a full fire ban July 18, in an effort to reduce human-caused fires on the island. Since July 12th Salt Spring Island has maintained a steady “Extreme” Fire danger. Work is […]

  • The Court’s Ruling

    by on September 11, 2018

    When the Federal Court of Appeal announced its decision to quash the Justin Trudeau Liberal government approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX) many of us in Saanich North and the Islands celebrated! Not only did the decision recognize that the federal government needs to respect the law with Indigenous people, but it also […]

  • Island Leaders in Canada and U.S. Call o...

    by on September 5, 2018

    In light of the Canadian Government’s purchase of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and stated commitment to expanding it despite a court ruling quashing the expansion permit, elected representatives from the islands in the Salish Sea, on both sides of the Canadian-U.S. border, have written an open letter urging Prime Minister Trudeau to abandon the expansion […]

  • Neighbourhood Small Grants Launched on S...

    by on September 5, 2018

    Carolling by canoe on Cusheon Lake, the Firefly Lantern Festival, public pianos, Earth Day in Centennial Park, Art Jam, and a neighbourhood potluck party on Park Drive. What do all of these have in common? They are all colourful and joyful expressions of Salt Spring culture, local projects and events run by people who are […]

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