Welcome Post – summer 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 2017-18

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. 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.

We are still in negotiations with the City of Port Moody to determine the where our House Post will be raised.

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.

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup – Aug 18, 2018

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup on Aug 18!

In 2017, more than 60 volunteers helped clear over 40kg’s of garbage from along our shoreline at our Noons Creek hatchery for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.  Let’s hopefully collect even less this year!  Saturday, August 18, 2018!

We will be cleaning along Noons Creek, the Shoreline Trail of the Port Moody Arm of Burrard Inlet.

The Port Moody Ecological Society acknowledges and honours that our community lies on unceded indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish Peoples.

Registration starts in May.

Stay up to date via our Facebook page @NoonsCreek and Twitter @noonscreek

Notes:

  • Please register online
  • Bring three shopping bags – one for garbage, one for recycling and one for cigarette butts
  • Gloves and boots (we have a limited supply)
  • Wear clothes that can get dirty and possibly wet
  • Stay out of the mud
  • Separate cigarette butts
  • Do not pick up dead animals – record the details of the type and location only
  • Stay well away from the railway tracks
  • If a item is in the mud, please leave it as it may now be home to marine animals (but record the type and location)

We will be collecting cigarette butts separately and sending them to Terracycle Canada for recycling.

GCSC 2017 - Aug 19, 2017

Drum Making with Rueben George – Aug 25

Drum making with Rueben George is now full.

Fee and pre-registration for workshops. Please pay in advance to reserve your space.

The Noons Creek hatchery is located over the footbridge from the Port Moody Recreation Centre on Ioco Road.

Drum Making Workshop with Rueben GeorgeFriday August 25 @ 7pm – 9pm
(detail to follow)
Pre-registration and payment required. ($165 fee per drum via PayPal)

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.



Reconciliation:How do I participate? How can I make changes? Aug 24

Brandon Gabriel (Kwantlen) hosts a second community dialogue on reconciliation with a focus on how each one of us can embrace reconciliation on various levels in our lives. As the Welcome Post Project brings together settlers and migrants with Coast Salish People, this creates the opportunity to learn and share. The hot topic of our time is reconciliation – but what often gets ignored is redress. Is reconciliation happening? Is it possible? is it genuine? How can I participate? Bring your questions as we engage in a deeper conversation with Brandon Gabriel on these important topics.

“Brandon Gabriel is an internationally acclaimed mixed-media artist from the Stó:lō Coast Salish community of Kwantlen. His vivid creative work lends a critical eye to colonial processes that have attempted to relegate his culture to history books and museums. At 37, he has already amassed an impressive body of professional work that spans over 20 years and includes photography, painting, drawing, illustration, graphic design, public art installations, and architecture concepts.” (Bio from http://www.raspberrymag.ca/brandon-gabriel)

In addition to his work as a guest lecturer at universities throughout the Lower Mainland and other artistic endeavours, Brandon engages in curating and community arts projects, and brings a critical perspective on colonialism and settler culture and it’s impacts on Coast Salish Peoples.

We are excited about our partnership with Kinder Books, who will be hosting a fundraiser at this event with partial proceeds of all sales going to the project. The fundraiser will continue online at https://wpp.kinderbooks.ca/
Kinder Books

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.

July 20 and August 24, from 7:00 – 8:30pm at the Noons Creek hatchery.  Check our Facebook post for updates.

Find us over the Noons Creek footbridge to the very right of the Port Moody Recreation Centre on Ioco Road.

 

 

 

 

 

(Bio from http:// www.raspberrymag.ca/ brandon-gabriel)

Nature Walk with T’uy’tanat – Cease Wyss, July 16

This Land. This Place.

Join artist and ethnobotanist Cease Wyss for nature walks along the Shoreline Trail. Come and experience the forest from a Coast Salish world-view. Learn traditional names and medicinal purposes of the plants and trees. Listen to stories of local history of this land and how the trees, rocks and animals all of our relations.
Sunday June 25 from 1pm. Please allow up to 1.5 hours for this tour.
No registration required. All ages welcome.

T’uy’tanat-Cease Wyss
Skwxwu7mesh/Sto:Lo/ Hawaiian/Swiss
Cease Wyss is an ethnobotanist, Media Artist, Educator and Activist. She is traditionally trained by Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers. She continues to study and also teach medicinal plants with her community and programs all over Vancouver and the lower mainland. She has been a media artist for over 25 year producing work nationally and internationally. Her work involves site-specific and culturally focused teaching with storytelling as her means of sharing knowledge. Cease has been involved as an Artist in Residence with various community centres and parks in Vancouver from the early 1990’s to date, and has created works through community engagement and dialogues. Cease continuously promotes sharing knowledge and culture, with diverse communities in the unceded territory of her people and beyond.

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.

School Programs

School Programs

Education Programs

We encourage school and community groups to engage with us through volunteering or by undertaking one of the many courses that are offered throughout the year.

Bookings:  please call us on 604-469-9106 for enquiries or email portmoodyecologicalsociety@hotmail.com to book.

Our classes cost $45.00 for up to 15 students and $3.00 for every student above that. Classes can be tailored to suit your students current studies and needs.

Estuary Exploration for Under Fives (1.5 hours)

Introduces aquatic habitats through games and observation, children will investigate a pond habitat and discover for themselves who is living there.

Estuary Exploration for Grades 1 to 3 (1.5 hours)

Introduces the student to the Estuary, a place of edges where fresh water meets salt, where plants and animals must live in a habitat which is both wet and dry, salt and fresh, warm and cold. Students learn about food webs and habitat through games and by observation.

Salmon Cycle for Grades 4 and 5 (2 hours)

Noons Creek Hatchery is a teaching hatchery which releases tens of thousands of Chum and Coho fry annually. Students will learn about the life cycle of the salmon both in the hatchery and in our creeks and ocean.

Stream Science for Grades 6 and 7+ (2.5 hours)

Scientists measure the health of a creek in many ways: by its temperature, its pH, by what is dissolved in it whether seen or unseen, and even by what lives in it! Students make these measurements for themselves, and in the process not only learn how to collect data, but discover what makes our urban streams healthy or sick, bountiful or barren. This program can also be adapted to middle and high school students.

Streamkeepers Workshop (1 or 2 days – Weekends)

One or two days, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

The Pacific Streamkeepers Federation is a Non-Profit Society helping streamkeepers take action through support, education and building partnerships. Working in cooperation with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Capilano College, the Federation facilitates streamkeepers training.

As a Federation member, Port Moody Ecological Society offers streamkeeper-related training at the Noons Creek Hatchery. Our fully certified trainers currently teach Modules 1-4, 7 and 11 from the FOC Streamkeepers handbook.

Module 1: Introductory Stream Habitat Survey

Module 2: Advanced Stream Habitat Survey

Module 3: Water Quality Survey

Module 4: Stream Invertebrate Survey

Module 7: Streamside Planting

Module 11: Juvenile Fish Trapping and Identification

2-day workshop: $100 per person or $90 if group is larger than 14 participants

1-day workshop: (any two modules): $70 per person or $80 per person if group is larger than 14 participants

Port Moody Welcome Post Project 2017

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup – 40kg’s removed!

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup on Aug 19!

Thanks to everyone that participated!  More than 60 volunteers helped clear over 40kg’s of garbage from along our shoreline at our Noons Creek hatchery on Saturday, August 19, for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.  See you next year!  Saturday, August 18, 2018!

We will be cleaning along Noons Creek, the Shoreline Trail of the Port Moody Arm of Burrard Inlet.

The Port Moody Ecological Society acknowledges and honours that our community lies on unceded indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish Peoples.

Register online now 

Help us promote this event by printing this poster and putting it up at your work or school:  GCSC poster 2017

Stay up to date via our Facebook page @NoonsCreek and Twitter @noonscreek

Notes:

  • Please register online
  • Bring three shopping bags – one for garbage, one for recycling and one for cigarette butts
  • Gloves and boots (we have a limited supply)
  • Wear clothes that can get dirty and possibly wet
  • Stay out of the mud
  • Separate cigarette butts
  • Do not pick up dead animals – record the details of the type and location only
  • Stay well away from the railway tracks
  • If a item is in the mud, please leave it as it may now be home to marine animals (but record the type and location)

We will be collecting cigarette butts separately and sending them to Terracycle Canada for recycling.

GCSC 2017 - Aug 19, 2017