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Islands Trust Council Makes Reconciliation Declaration

    Indigenous News    March 19, 2019

The Islands Trust Council acknowledges that the lands and waters that encompass the Islands Trust Area have been home to Indigenous peoples since time immemorial and honours the rich history, stewardship, and cultural heritage that embody this place we all call home. The Islands Trust Council is committed to establishing and maintaining mutually respectful relationships […]

Pipeline Activism: Thoughts On My Trial, Part 2

    Health & Wellness, Indigenous News, News & Events    March 18, 2019

I’m back from the rabbit hole of court – the B.C. Supreme Court, in downtown Vancouver. Last fall, I spent five days there, self-representing my not guilty plea, after arrest for protesting on March 23rd in front of Texas oil-giant Kinder Morgan’s tank farm in Burnaby, now Trans Mountain Canada, owned by all Canadians. Three […]

Xwaaqw’um Snuhwulh Canoe Launch

    Indigenous News, People & Places    September 30, 2018

After almost 6 months of work, the Xwaaqw’um Snuhwulh (canoe) was launched today to the delight of all the relations who joined to celebrate the launch. Dancing, songs and ceremony were led by local elder Tousilum (Ron George). The new Snuhwulh (Canoe) was named Xwaaqw’um and given to elder Tousilum as a gift for years […]

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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  • Islands Trust Council Makes Reconciliati...

    by on March 19, 2019

    The Islands Trust Council acknowledges that the lands and waters that encompass the Islands Trust Area have been home to Indigenous peoples since time immemorial and honours the rich history, stewardship, and cultural heritage that embody this place we all call home. The Islands Trust Council is committed to establishing and maintaining mutually respectful relationships […]

  • BC Ferries Reveals 25-year Vision for Sw...

    by on March 19, 2019

    Community input used to shape long-term plan – BC Ferries released the Swartz Bay Terminal Development Plan (TDP) today. The TDP outlines a long-term vision for the terminal’s future, and a phased approach for implementing the changes envisioned in the plan. BC Ferries employees will be at the terminal from April 10 to 13 to […]

  • Forum: Human Rights, Evidence for Hope?

    by on March 18, 2019

    We live in a world where horrific human rights violations occur, like the recent mass shootings of 50 Muslim worshippers in two Christchurch mosques. This is a world where several countries sentence LGBTQ individuals to death, China has detained over a million Uyghur Muslims, and Canada arrests First Nations people for peacefully trying to protect […]

  • Salt Spring Island Centennial Park Playg...

    by on March 18, 2019

    Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) has adopted a 20 year Master Plan to prioritize infrastructure investments for Centennial Park. With site assessments and central drainage complete, and the washroom facility anticipated to be finished in a few weeks, planning can begin to replace the playground. This much needed replacement project was made […]

  • Pipeline Activism: Thoughts On My Trial,...

    by on March 18, 2019

    I’m back from the rabbit hole of court – the B.C. Supreme Court, in downtown Vancouver. Last fall, I spent five days there, self-representing my not guilty plea, after arrest for protesting on March 23rd in front of Texas oil-giant Kinder Morgan’s tank farm in Burnaby, now Trans Mountain Canada, owned by all Canadians. Three […]

  • Building a Tiny Home Community for the U...

    by on March 15, 2019

    “A community safely housed.  A path to stability.  A better quality of life”  Housing forms the building blocks of a community. The recent housing crisis has illustrated exactly how important stable housing is to the solidity of our island. When people don’t have secure housing, their work, school, family life, and even the community suffer. […]

  • 100+ Women Who Care Raise $17,000 in Und...

    by on March 13, 2019

    On the evening of Tuesday, March 5, 100+ Women Who Care Salt Spring held its second meeting. Prior to this meeting, members had nominated 18 local charities. Members randomly drew three of the nominees during this meeting: Greenwoods Eldercare Society, Salt Spring Therapeutic Riding Association, and Island Pathways. Members heard a compelling presentation for each […]

  • Island Health Assumes Responsibility for...

    by on March 13, 2019

    Island Health will be assuming responsibility for publicly funded home support service delivery on Southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands this fall to ensure a consistent approach to implement government’s team-based primary and community care model across the health authority. Home support helps people live independently in their home and be safe. For clients […]

  • NASA Astronaut Lands on Salt Spring: Fri...

    by on March 11, 2019

    From space tourism to settlements on Mars, what is humanity’s future in space? How dangerous is space travel to human health? What benefits do we obtain from space research? Dr. Serena Auñón-Chancellor returned to Earth from the International Space Station in December—after 197 days in space. On Friday, March 15th at 7:30 PM at ArtSpring, […]

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