We acknowledge the Squamish Nation, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and the Musqueam People, who since time immemorial have lived on the land now referred to as the Greater Vancouver and Sea to Sky regions. 

2019 marks the third year of Honouring Reconciliation, a program to honour the experiences of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, facilitate learning and promote understanding of our shared history. 

Learn about first two years of this program: Honouring Reconciliation 2017Honouring Reconciliation 2018.  

2019 PROGRAMS AND EVENTS 

Honouring Reconciliation: Ambleside by Canoe

Chi’ch’iyuy canoeIn honour of National Indigenous History Month, join us for guided canoe paddles aboard Chi’ch’iyuy canoe around Ch’tl’am (Ambleside) — with participation from members of the Squamish Nation, including Chief Janice George and Wes Nahanee. Between and during paddles, there will also be drop-in stories, bannock and tea on the shore. All are welcome!

This event was held Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Ambleside (Argyle Avenue and 14th Street.)

Presented in partnership with the West Vancouver Police Department.  

Indigenous Plant walk

Hands holding Indigenous plant materialAn exciting learning experience in Lighthouse Park let be ethnobotanist Leigh Joseph of Squamish Nation. Starting with a workshop at Sk'iwitsut House, followed by an hour-long walk through the park, learn about reconnecting to the land through Indigenous plant practices. 

As space is limited please register online starting September 1.

Sunday, September 29, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Lighthouse Park.

 


British Columbia Library Association's (BCLA) Building Better Communities Award 

Chief Janice George, Pat Cumming, Charlene SewardHonouring Reconcilation is the recipient of BCLA's 2019 Building Better Communities Award. Accepting the award on behalf of Members of the Squamish Nation, Reconciliation Canada and West Vancouver Memorial Library on May 10, (pictured from left to right): Chief Janice George, Cultual Advisor to the Library; Pat Cumming, Head of Customer and Community Experience and Charlene Seward, Director of Program Develpoment, Reconciliaton Canada, with Jillian Stirk, Board Chair; Jenny Benedict, Director, and Lynn Brockington, Community Experience Coordinator.  

 


PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS

Chepximiya Siyam’ / Chief Janice George, Cultural Program Advisor
Chepximiya Siyam’ / Chief Janice George is a master weaver and teaching artist from the Squamish Nation. She graduated from Capilano University, and the Institute of American Indian Arts. She feels her education at these schools helped her excel as a teacher, adding to her most important traditional teachings. She is a hereditary chief, trained museum curator and educator. Janice has integrated the Squamish teachings from Late Grandmother Kwitelut-t Lena Jacobs who was directly connected to pre-contact times, and other Squamish ancestors into her teachings. George states, “In this short time of my weaving life a few of my mentors have left this Earth, their breath is carried on in the teachings I pass on. I feel and see the pride that comes from reclaiming our inheritance from our elders and ancestors when we weave and when we wear our beloved weavings. We are taught spiritual protection is part of what we are wearing and feel the love that is put in each hand movement it takes to make a robe.”
Leigh Joseph
Leigh Joseph (Styawat) is a member of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) First Nation. An ethnobotanist by training, she completed her Masters of Science in Ethnobotany at the University of Victoria under the guidance of Dr. Nancy Turner, Dr. Trevor Lantz and members of the Skwxwú7mesh family and community. Her interest in the relationship between food and culture developed at an early age and instilled in her a deep respect for the natural world. She has worked with a number of First Nations communities, with her work largely focusing on traditional knowledge renewal and building connections to place and to health through working with traditional plant foods and medicines.