“My Grandmother told me the Creator was here 10,000 years before you came to introduce him to us”.
It all started at lunch, when Gwen, a young First Nations woman, told me the above.
A Universal Spiritual Force or as Ina puts it, we are a part of everything, even connected to the tree outside.
The words “Salish” and “Sea”, used together, identify a very unique geographical feature. With this article, in order to further define the naming of the Salish Sea, I will consider the individual meaning of these two words.
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.
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.
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.
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.