W̱SÁNEĆ Tribal Canoe Journey
For the W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) Nation, on Vancouver Island’s east coast, the upcoming 2019 Paddle to Lummi Tribal Canoe Journey has particular cultural and environmental significance. For thousands of years, the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) of Washington and the Saanich, celebrated life together on opposite shores of the Salish Sea; the Canoe Journey provides an opportunity for these families to come together once again and, in solidarity, do all they can to call attention to and help save the deteriorating health of their beloved shared waters—and to share with their children and grandchildren their traditional ways.
GreenAngels is dedicated to helping the W̱SÁNEĆ Nation acquire a family canoe, in order to participate in the 2019 Paddle to Lummi.
Adam Olsen, MLA for Sidney/North Saanich and member of the W̱SÁNEĆ, W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip) Nation, confirms:
“this would not be a stranded asset, but rather an investment in our culture over the long term—a canoe our children will travel in together.”