• Storyteller

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    What I was told by my grandfather is that, pre-contact, there was a man that travelled from village to village here and he claimed to be the son of God. He travelled and when he left our villages, he told the story that he would come back for us again. Continue reading “Storyteller”

  • Medicine

    I was out in the woods with my friend, Ed (he’s Tsleil-Waututh). He cut a piece of bark off a tree and told me to chew it. He had long hair that mostly hid his face, but behind his hair I could see that he was trying to suppress a smile. When I refused to eat the bark, he started laughing and said “Good. Because we call that plant Indian Ex-Lax.”

  • Witness

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    My story is, I was brought up in a foster home since I was five years old, and my foster mom fostered kids from all kinds of nations… Continue reading “Witness”

  • Where are you from?

    At 24 I started to get used to people asking “Where you from?” After all, I’d only been an Indian for six years, and now had the Government of Canada letter to prove it. It read, “Congratulations! You’re now registered as an Indian under the Indian Act of Canada.” Before this letter, I didn’t look like anything except “out of place.” In my new legally recognized Indian Status, I was now equipped to answer anyone who asked “What are you?” One evening out with a friend, a fellow asked me, “We know your friend is Native, but we were wondering what you are?” I replied, “We noticed you too, and we were wondering if you’re white.”

  • Quiet Introductions

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    Early in the mornings I had a lot of free time and I was able to take my little Victoria boatworks clinker out and row around the islands and pretend I was in another era or time, into the mouth of the harbour and back, but almost every second day if not every day in the summer I would pass a gentleman, and a really beautiful gentleman but I didn’t know him. Continue reading “Quiet Introductions”

  • Indian Wife

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    I’m going to talk about my great grandfather who did so much for the Europeans when they first came to this country. Continue reading “Indian Wife”

  • Mom

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    Yeah, we’d like to share with you a story of our contact with the Samoan people and we’ve made some pretty good friends and relatives from Samoa. Continue reading “Mom”

  • Experience with Culture

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    Yeah, residential school we had a cavanagh that was an English, er, Irish, and Italian teachers and Mexican teachers and then from there we went, I went to school in Victoria. Continue reading “Experience with Culture”

  • Introductions

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    My name’s Nancy Marshall and I live in Honeymoon Bay on Vancouver Island, and I have just had the pleasure of going on a trip to Haida Gwaii. Continue reading “Introductions”

  • Friendly Cove

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    So I’ve always had a dream to go to Nootka Sound and go to Friendly Cove where Captain Cook first contacted North American, first nations people here on the British Columbia coast. Continue reading “Friendly Cove”