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Saturna Island Marine Research & Education Society

Sep 16, 2019 | submitted by Ina Timmer
Have you heard of Saturna Island? It is one of the prettiest of the Gulf Islands that lie off the coast of British Columbia, and is the south-easternmost island in the Salish Sea within the Canadian border.

13 Moon Calendar: W̱SÁNEĆ Traditional Culture

Nov 04, 2019 | submitted by Ina Timmer
The W̱SÁNEĆ 13 moon calendar, SḴÁU ȽTE, represents the natural laws of the W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) people. The calendar depicts the four seasons, the W̱SÁNEĆ 13 moons and the culturally important plants, food, medicines, animals and marine life and illustrates the flow of activities that occurred when W̱SÁNEĆ people lived a traditional life linked to nature.

The Rights of Nature - Dr. David Boyd

Nov 04, 2019 | submitted by Ina Timmer
Around the world, more and more laws are being passed recognizing that ecosystems — rivers, forests, mountains, and more — have legally enforceable rights. And if nature has rights, then humans have responsibilities.

What became of the UNICEF box?

Oct 31, 2019 | submitted by Patti Copeland
In my pre-internet, pre-smartphone opinion, I'm not sure if this new program can replace the physical satisfaction of hearing coins drop and feeling that box around my neck, however, I'm very glad that Halloween can once again be about giving and not just looting. 

The Name Game: History of the Salish Sea

Sep 20, 2019 | submitted by Bert Webber
Did you know that the marine ecosystem that we now call the Salish Sea was recognized, and named something else, some 200+ years ago?

Amigos de los Niños

Sep 13, 2019 | submitted by Ina Timmer
Our neighbour John had lived in Cabo for many years and was part of an organization called Amigos de los Niños or “Friends of the Children”. He insisted that I needed to come to a meeting to hear about the social issues facing the local people. And so I did.

How Canada and the US Adopted the Name the "Salish Sea" (The Queen of England gets involved...)

Aug 27, 2019 | submitted by Bert Webber
The naming of the “Salish Sea” began with a proposal to call the combined waters of the Puget Sound, the Strait of Georgia and the Strait of Juan de Fuca the Salish Sea—first submitted to the Washington State Board of Geographical names in 1989.

The Power of Community

Aug 05, 2019 | submitted by Dan Kells
“Humans can accomplish incredible things working together,” said Dave Williams, Canadian Astronaut. His words speak of human possibilities, the power of community and the amazing efforts to be realized by people of vision working together.

Social Enterprise: The next phase of aid

Jul 08, 2019
New approaches to philanthropy strive to strengthen communities in a manner that is sustainable—even after aid transfers end.

'Tis the Season

Jun 30, 2019
This is Farmers’ Markets season! We’re out there with our reusable bags, filling them full with fresh vegetables and homemade goodies. Bright orange carrots and deep red beets, tender heads of lettuce and luscious strawberries. It’s the beginning of the season of plenty and we are thankful to live in a part of the world that offers such bounty.