Our Goal
We wish to provide knowledge and increase awareness of the WSANEC traditional learnings of the 13 Moon Calendar in order to encourage inspiration, hope and solidarity between all people who reside in the unique ecosystem along the shores of the Salish Sea - the traditional lands of the Coast Salish First Nations.

There was still one more salmon to arrive, the QOLEW, dog or chum salmon. When it comes, the people are getting into PEKALANEW. Fall is coming and the sun is heading south. The PEKALANEW moon is the one that changes the color of the leaves.

The people gaffed the dog salmon at Goldstream. By that time, they were into their winter homes in the Saanich area. They had caught the last run of fish that were going to come to them for the year.

The people wanted to cross the straits before the weather got too bad. The strong southeasters of summer are nothing compared to the the ones in the fall. It can get very rough on the water and so they wanted to hurry home for the winter. They would have all their winter supplies and food stored in an orderly way where they would be dry and sheltered.

This is what the people did during the PEKALANEW moon.


From 'the book 'The Saanich Years'

In the book, The Saanich Year, Earle Claxton, Sr. and John Elliott tell the story of SḴÁU ȽTE, the 13 moons, and how they illustrate traditional First Nations respect for the land and the interconnectedness of all living things.

To find a copy of The Saanich Year, contact the WSANEC Leadership Council, https://wsanec.com/, or the WSANEC school board, https://wsanecschoolboard.ca/. The VNFC Bruce Parisian Library in Victoria also holds a copy available for borrowing.

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