Events & News
April 3, 2019 - Staff attend Reconciliation Workshop in MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat) territory
Islands Trust staff attended a workshop on Reconciliation on the beautiful MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat) territory. Staff learned about identity and how Indigenous people have been impacted by oppressive legislation since contact; about place and the importance of the lands and waters to Indigenous people including the Salish Sea and Coast Salish territory, and; about acknowledgement through discussion about the Full Apology, the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, the Canadian Constitution Section 35, and UNDRIP.
September 21, 2016 - Staff field trip to Tsawout Reserve beach on Salt Spring Island
Islands Trust staff travelled to the Tsawout Reserve lands at Fulford Harbour on Salt Spring Island where they were welcomed by members of Tsawout and other SENCOTEN-speakers. John Elliot, a high school SENĆOŦEN Teacher at W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Secondary School on the Saanich Peninsula welcomed us with a beautiful Indigenous song and spoke of W̱SÁNEĆ stories and perspectives about the islands. Belinda Claxton from Tsawout First Nation also presented historical perspectives about her Nation’s connections to the land and waters of the southern Gulf Islands.
Below is a list of resources that reflect many of the same stories told that day to Islands Trust staff.
- 2008 audio of Tsartlip elder John Elliot describing the connections that SENĆOŦEN people from the five W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) Nations to the south Gulf islands.
- Fulford Harbour creation story from the oral history of the SENĆOŦEN people, describing the creation of deer as the hunted food.