Sharing W̱SÁNEĆ Traditional Knowledge with Southern Gulf Island communities:
The CRC and its partners have recieved approval from the Real Estate Foundation of BC for a $75,000 matching grant for a follow-up project to the successful 2019-20 ṮEṮÁĆES Climate Action Project. The ṮEṮÁĆES Revitalization Project involves the creation of 5 original videos. The central video will be a presentation by Drs Nick Claxton and John Price of U Vic summarizing the key findings in their seminal paper “Whose Land Is It? “Rethinking Sovereignty in British Columbia” published in BC Studies: The British Columbia Quarterly .
Additionally there will be an animated version of the ṮEṮÁĆES creation story which describes how the Creator, XÁLS created ṮEṮÁĆES which translates from SENĆOŦEN as “relatives of the deep.” (AKA the Southern Gulf Islands). Three additional videos will provide a W̱SÁNEĆ perspective on each of three of the Southern Gulf Islands: S,DÁYES/ Pender; S,ḴŦAḴ /Mayne and ṮEḴTEḴSEN/Saturna. These videos will feature Traditional Knowledge shared by Elders to illustrate the importance of each of these “relatives of the deep” to W̱SÁNEĆ culture.
These videos will be owned by the W̱SÁNEĆ School Board and provide resources for their curriculum to support revitalization of W̱SÁNEĆ People in their traditional Homeland and with W̱SÁNEĆ consent and oversight the videos will also be used in community forums for the Southern Gulf Islands to enhance the developing community to community relationship that is necessary for progressive reconcilli-action in building more resilient and sustainable communities.
Partners on the project include W̱SÁNEĆ School Board, W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, UVIC Living Lab Project, and the South Pender Historical Society.