THIS SUNDAY! Grand Chief Stewart Phillip at Salish Sea & W̱SÁNEĆ Gathering

Salish Sea and W̱SÁNEĆ Gathering

A Day to Acknowledge Our Connections

On Sunday, May 29, W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip) First Nation, in partnership with Sierra Club BC and the CRD, invite everyone to join them for a one-day gathering in the spirit of Nétsamaát (we are all one).

Keynote speaker will be Grand Chief Stewart Phillip! 

This is an opportunity to celebrate and educate about W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) and Salish Sea Cultures, acknowledge the environmental threats we face, and discuss how we collaborate to move forward. The gathering will include workshops, film presentations, panels and dialogues as well as family-friendly cultural events throughout the day! Some activities being discussed include an Elders circle, SENĆOŦEN language cafe, salmon pit cook, singers and drummers, reef net presentation, canoes and paddle, arts and crafts, and gathering local foods. 

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