Tag: First Nations
A tree trunk wrapped in a ribbon reading "Culturally Modified Tree"

When Trees Tell Stories

Posted: May 17, 2018 at 11:29 am   /   V.I.

By Sheena Robinson Photo top: seawolfadventures.ca Walking through the forests of Vancouver Island, it’s easy to become entranced by the density and beauty of the tall trees towering above you. Douglas Fir, Sitka Spruce, Western Hemlock, and Western Red Cedar are the most common coniferous giants here. They are a big part of what makes […]

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A wolf silhouetted against an evening sky

Searching for Staqeya

Posted: April 20, 2016 at 2:44 am   /   Vee-Ai-Yi-Yi

By Shanon Fenske The 25-foot Amanda Anne plows through the frigid February waters of the Juan De Fuca Strait. Somewhere in the darkness ahead of us are islands inhabited by a wolf many in the Songhees First Nation believe is sacred. Campers were the first to report a lone wolf on Discovery Island, five km. east […]

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AbOut totem pole students

AbOut Tier 3

Posted: March 1, 2016 at 2:18 am   /   Central V.I.

by Natalie Gates Walking through the bustling hallways of Nanaimo District Secondary School (NDSS), Brett Hancock offers easy smiles and fist pumps to almost every student he passes. Smirks form on their faces as they greet him back. “I learned a lot traveling, but I sure as hell didn’t learn much in high school,” he says. […]

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St. Michael's Residential School, Alert Bay, BC

Home Again

Posted: February 12, 2013 at 11:05 pm   /   North V.I.

By Alexandria Stuart Nanaimo was in the middle of a heat wave as my boyfriend Sean and I set out on our “nearcation” to northern Vancouver Island, A/C on high. The familiar landscape of coastal British Columbia flew by: Moss-draped forests alternated with scabs of clear-cut, blanketed in pink fireweed as the land tried to heal […]

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A gaily painted house in Sointula (photo:Sointula Resource Centre)

Home Again (Part Two)

Posted: February 12, 2013 at 11:04 pm   /   North V.I.

The village of Sointula, Malcolm Island’s main port, looked like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. Brightly coloured sea shacks dotted the waterfront and the homes lining the main street, sitting on small, tidy fenced lots, were gaily painted. Sointula, meaning “place of harmony,” was settled in the early 1900s by Finnish immigrants fleeing […]

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