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.

WESELANEW is the month of the shaker of the leaves. This was a good time of year to go out and hunt deer and elk around the Saanich peninsula and get ducks.The people used to catch ducks using an aerial net which was suspended between fir trees over an inlet or bay. When the ducks flew in they would be caught in the net and fall to the ground where the men would get them. There was another kind of net which was spread over the water to entangle the ducks as they swam up from their dives.

Our people would be home by this time and have all their winter food supplies stored away. They would be stored in an orderly way, where they would be dry and sheltered.The people would be ready to stay home on the Saanich peninsula. They peopled the whole peninsula from east to west and north to south. In Cordova Bay, the peoples' houses were still standing in 1911-1912 and if you go there, you can still find house posts in the ground today.

This is what the people did in the time of the WESELANEW 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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