Archives for September 2017

Project Update – Post Arrives!!!!

A huge milestone was reached on Thursday 9/28 when the large yellow cedar raw post arrived at the Noons Creek Hatchery.  The beautifully aromatic timber is sitting under the shelter at the front of the hatchery to be enjoyed by the public both visually and aromatically.

Our expert First Nations carver, James Harry will start carving from today (9/29/2017), and will be here Tuesday through Saturdays from 10am to 3pm until finished.  The goal is to have it ready for final placement and opening ceremony in June of 2018.

James was the star of the unveiling of the post design last night at the hatchery where about 30 people had gathered in celebration of the announcement.

Everyone is welcome to come down to see something quite unique – seeing this magnificent Welcome Post carving being created.

Image: Dave Bennie with the post.


 

 

 

 

Tasha & Post Project Recognized

When you do good things, great things happen!

Here at Port Moody Ecological, we knew that the Welcome Post Project would generate both public interest and dialogue.  With Tasha Faye Evans leading it, her enthusiasm and effervescent approach would ensure it was a guaranteed success!

The education, information and dialogue sessions have been well attended and so much positive feedback has been received that we are even more invigorated about the whole project.  Mostly based around the Noons Creek Salmon Hatchery, the program of events started earlier this Summer continues through November this year, then resumes next Spring with the goal being to raise the Welcome Post sometime in Summer 2018.

A testament to the success and far reaching effects, is a speech given by the Member of Port Moody – Coquitlam, Rick Glumac in the Provincial Legislature on September 20th, 2017. He speaks of the project initiative and Tasha’s pervasive energy in bringing this all together.

Below is a link to a video of the speech given in the Legislature.   Please enjoy – and spread the word!!!!

Speaking in the Legislature today about the work of Tasha Faye Evans. Please join her at 7pm on Thursday Sept. 21 at…

Posted by Rick Glumac on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

 

Project details are on our website at www.noonscreek.org  (click on the ‘Port Moody Welcome Post Project’ link).

Welcome Post – 2017 summary

The Welcome Post Project. We have enjoyed a very successful Welcome Post Project program of Coast Salish Cultural events this summer at Noons Creek Hatchery.

 

 

The Welcome Post Project has initiated a community in Port Moody seeking a deeper understanding of what it means to be a Canadian. Lead by local First Nation artists and Knowledge Keepers the Welcome Post Project has begun building a community who acknowledges a shared sacred responsibility to care for these Coast Salish Lands and Waters. With heartfelt and powerful discussions with Tseil Waututh Cultural Leader Gabriel George and two evenings with Kwantlin artist Brandon Gabriel we are creating a community committed to continuing a personal discovery of how to participate in Truth and Reconciliation, seeking ways to foster genuine relationships, and honouring the First People who’s land our city is built on.

Hosted by lead Coast Salish artist Tasha Faye Evans, the Welcome Post Project gained more and more momentum as the summer progressed. People began returning each week to learn more, to hear more stories, and gain more of an understanding of each other and of First Nation culture and perspective. Each event gathered a diverse group that included both First Nations and non-indigenous participants. For the final evening of Coast Salish Drumming and Singing with Russell Wallace there were over 50 people gathered under the gazebo at Noons Creek Hatchery. We were honoured by the presence of Tseil Waututh Elder Dee George for the M’Girls concert with three powerful and beautiful women sharing songs about their connection to the land and their ancestors. There was a lovely exchange between M’Girls and the audience that night as each artist expressed to Dee George how important BC and Port Moody was to them even though they are guests living in Coast Salish Lands and Waters. We all joined hands that night and danced a round dance.

The Welcome Post Project summer program has been a transformative experience, offering an invaluable opportunity for everyone to not only enjoy Coast Salish culture but to also confront larger concepts like racism, genocide, and truth. The community was deeply moved by Brandon Gabriel’s first dialogue in July about Reconciliation that they requested a second discussion be programmed. As an audience, again with both First Nations and non-indigenous members present, we defined reconciliation as best as we could in just a few hours. Many informative and inspiring conversations happened with the ideas people were sharing. It was agreed that “Reconcili-ACTION” was a more accurate term to initiate an active understanding of how to participate in change. It was also agreed that it is essential for each one of us to personally commit to seeking truth, fostering genuine relationships, and taking action to change what injustices we are witness to. That night our Welcome Post Project T-shirts that say “Sacred Responsibility in Coast Salish Lands and Waters” made significantly more sense and people had a deeper sense of pride in wearing them. It is a complex relationship for First Nation Knowledge Keepers to navigate when sharing personal stories and traditional teachings in a non- indigenous space. Each artist individually expressed how grateful they were to be received with genuine honour by our community and that they felt warm and willing to share. Brandon Gabriel even told the audience that being with us that night gave him hope, and he doesn’t give that hope away easily!

With the Welcome Post Project, we have begun a conversation about our values as our city grows in population and development. When Rueben George led his drum-making workshop at Mossom Creek he shared his passion for defending the Burrard Inlet. He encouraged everyone to put their good thoughts and prayers for mother earth into their drum so that when it was played it would send good medicine to the Creator. The following week every one returned with their new drums to Russell Wallace ‘s evening of Coast Salish Drumming and Singing.  An audience member shared with us how much the Welcome Post Project has changed her life and given her a renewed perspective of nature and what her own responsibility is in taking care of all of our relations.

Port Moody is a young and growing community. We have an opportunity here to build a foundation for our city that is based in equitable respect for First Peoples and a shared commitment to care for these Coast Salish Lands and Waters for future generations. The Welcome Post Project has created an opportunity for our community to come together within the context of a Coast Salish worldview, to develop shared core values as our city continues to grow, and to know in our hearts what it means to be part of all of our relations and how it is a responsibility for each of us to be active in change for the well-being of future generations.

Join us in our next phase of the Welcome Post Project as we collaborate with Squamish carver James Harry to design and raise Port Moody’s first Coast Salish House Post!

All my relations, Tasha Faye Evans

Acknowledging that we are on the unceded, occupied, ancestral and traditional lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Welcome Post – Kinder Books

Kinder Books is an independent, traveling children’s book store based in Port Moody offering quality books for children specializing in stories that reflect people’s lives, fostering connection and empowerment.  We are honoured to support the Port Moody Welcome Post Project with this fundraiser. We have put together a collection of books and resources for children to inform and educate about the culture and history of First Nations.

Our beautiful stainless steel water bottles designed by First Nations artists from BC are also part of this fundraiser. Partial proceeds of all sales will be donated to the project.

Thank you for your support ! Have a look at our selection online at https://wpp.kinderbooks.ca/

Acknowledging that we are on the unceded, occupied, ancestral and traditional lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Welcome Post – What’s New 2017

Welcome Post update by Tasha Faye-Evans, Project Manager.


Welcome Post Project: A House Post for Port Moody

A House post is a significant symbol in Coast Salish Culture. Traditionally, house posts were the main posts that supported the roof in the longhouse. Back in the day, whole extended families lived in one longhouse. The house posts were carved and decorated to express the fundamental values and history of the community living within each longhouse.

Every Welcome Post Summer Program event has been leading us towards the final objective of designing, carving, and raising the first Port Moody House Post. In September, there will be three community gatherings with Squamish artist and carver James Harry. James Harry will listen to our community speak about what it means to be a resident of Port Moody, what our values are as a community, and how we envision a future for our grandchildren growing up in this beautiful city. James will interpret these stories into a design that he will carve on-site at the Noons Creek Hatchery this Fall, 2017.

On National Aboriginal Day on June 21, 2018 the Port Moody Ecological Society will host a Traditional Coast Salish Blessing Ceremony to raise our post in Port Moody at the Noons Creek hatchery.

To prepare for this ceremony there will be four community workshops to create gifts for the Give-Away. Cease Wyss will return to offer a including a cedar bracelet weaving workshop, master weaver Angela George will offer a wool headband weaving workshop, and there will be beading workshop. The fourth workshop will be open to the multi cultures of Port Moody to share their crafts and create gifts together.

All my relations,

Tasha Faye Evans

Acknowledging that we are on the unceded, occupied, ancestral and traditional lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.