About This Meeting
Join Islands Trust Conservancy and our speaker Maiya Modeste from the Stqeeye’ Learning Society to learn how to build an understanding of living cultural landscapes in ecological restoration work.
Speaker: Maiya Modeste, P’hwulhp (Garry Oak) Restoration Coordinator for the Stqeeye’ Learning Society
Uy’ skweyul siiem nu sye’yu tl’i-i-im tsun ‘o’ ts’iiyulhna’mut, ‘u tun’a ‘uy’ skweyul
Maiya Modeste thuna sne
Sulatiye’ s-hwulmuhw’a’lh’ sne
Tun’ni’ tsun ‘ult’ kwa’mutsun
Brianna Thorne snes lhuna t-en
Chris Modeste snes kwthuna m-en
Sulsilu Deb I’ Ron George
I silu Diane Modeste I silu’elh Wes Modeste
Huy tseep q’a siiem huy tseep q’a
Good day, my honoured friends and family, I am very thankful for this day
my name is Maiya Modeste
my traditional name is sulatiye’
I come from the village of Quamichan
My mom is Brianna Thorne,
and my dad is Chris Modeste.
My grandparents on my mother’s side are Deb George (nee Nash) and Ron George
and on my father’s side my grandma is Diane Modeste (nee Seymour) and late Wes Modeste
Thank you with the utmost gratitude
I work for Stqeeye’ Learning society, a non-profit, indigenous led organization that focuses on land restoration and education guided by traditional teachings and indigenous ways of knowing and being. My role within the society is P’hwulhp (Garry Oak) Restoration coordinator and I have had the privilege of stewarding these heavily degraded ecosystems for the past year and have recently been granted funding for my project until 2026. My goal for my project is to have the ability and capacity to teach indigenous youth about our native food gardens but to also teach them how to prepare, harvest, preserve and serve our traditional foods, such as camas, with the hope and priority of feeding elder’s traditional meals. Garry Oak ecosystems are the most biodiverse of all ecosystems in Canada and Quw’utsun people have relied on these ecosystems since time immemorial yet there are only 5% left in near natural condition, making them my utmost priority for restoration.
This webinar is the last event in a speaker series supported by the Islands Trust Conservancy’s Species At Risk Program.