Stakw: Water is Life Project 2019

Stakw:  Water is Life Project 2019 overview.  Join us as we embark on the Welcome Post Project’s second year of Coast Salish Cultural events. This year’s project is about Water and the significance of water in Coast Salish culture and the way of life for all of our relations. The Welcome Post Project is hosting several events that will be offered at the Noons Creek Hatchery, and other locations, celebrating Coast Salish culture through art, design, story-telling, nature, song, and language that will lead up to Port Moody’s second National Indigenous Peoples Day Event on June 21.

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April Events


Ocean Hyland: Residency from April 22 – May 4, 2019

Artist Talk on May 2, 2019 from 7 – 9pm

Location: Noons Creek Hatchery

Visual and multi media artist Ocean Hyland will be spending two weeks at the Hatchery refining her skills as an apprenticing carver. She will be joined by various mentors and Coast Salish artists. Come learn more about Coast Salish style and design. Artist talk. May 2, 7-9pm



Water is Sacred on April 26, 2019, from 7pm

Location: Noons Creek Hatchery

Kwantlin artist and cultural leader Brandon Gabriel returns to our community to further our conversation about participating in change and how part of this change is understanding how water is sacred for all of our relations.




Coast Salish Community Canoe Painting Project on April 27, 2019, from 10am to 4pm

Location: Noons Creek Hatchery

Rob Newell photo.

Join Brandon Gabriel as we come together as a community paint a canoe and learn about Coast Salish design.



May Events


Drop of Water on May 2, 2019, from 7 – 9pm

Location: Noons Creek Hatchery

Ocean Hyland will be leading a talk about her two week residency at Noons Creek hatchery. Join us as we celebrate her work!








Xaxatko: Water Spirit on May 9, 2019

Location: Noons Creek Hatchery

Hip Hop Poetry, May 9

Please join us for a hiphop poetry multi-media performance with Ostwelve: Ronnie Dean Harris.







Heritage Paddle up the Inlet with Takaya Tours on May 10, 2019, from 10am – 3pm

Location: North Vancouver from Cates Park

Deep Cove Canoe & Kayak at Cates Park, North Vancouver.
Rob Newell photo.

Journey up the Indian Arm from North Vancouver in traditional canoes led by cultural leader and skipper Dennis Thomas. Learn the history of the first people of the Inlet, hear their songs, and visit ancestral village sites and see the pictrographs embedded in the rocks. Preregistration Required. Meet at Cates Park and bring a lunch.

Please pre-register for this event on Eventbrite as space is limited

Cates Park Paddling Centre is located at 4141 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver, BC V7G 1A1.



Archeology and Ethnohistory of the Port Moody Foreshore Parks on May 16, 2019

Location: Noons Creek Hatchery

Please join us for a slideshow and presentation on the archeology and ethnohistory of the Port Moody Foreshore with Dr. Stan Copp.

Start time TBC.




Gathering Medicines and Tea Making With Cease Wyss on May 26, 2019 from 1pm

Location: Noons Creek Hatchery

Medicine and Tea, May 26

Have you ever wondered what traditional medicines grow in our backyard? Join us for an exciting guided nature walk and tea making workshop with Cease Wyss.

Pre-registration is required for the Tea Making Workshop; an Eventbrite link coming soon!







June Events

June 2

People of the Inlet: A History of Tsleil Waututh Nation from 1:30 – 3:30pm

Listen to Carleen Thomas share slides and family stories about her Nation’s history located here in the Burrard Inlet.  Further your understanding of what it means to be residents of Port Moody and joining the legacy of ancestors sharing the sacred responsibility to care for these Coast Salish Lands and Waters.

Inlet Theatre, 300 Ioco Road, Port Moody (beside the library and City Hall)



June 9

Cedar Weaving Workshop With Tsawaysia Spukwus

Learn how to weave cedar into beautiful bracelets with traditional artist and knowledge keeper Tsawaysia Spukwus

Contact us for further details.





June 16

Community gift making for the Give Away

Lets work together to create gifts for the Give Away at our Nation Indigenous People’s Day event. Bring your traditional artistic practice and enough materials to share if you wish. Limited supplies will be available. Contact us for further details.





June 21

National Indigenous People’s Day – Community Paddle and Feast

Celebrate National Indigenous People’s Day at Rocky Point Park. Our focus this year is Water is Life. Participate in a Water Blessing ceremony with Elder Ta7ah Amy George and Charlene Aleck from Tsleil Waututh Nation. Join us for a Feast and entertainment with M’Girls and Curtis Clearsky and the Constellations.

Register your canoe. Reserve a spot on a guided canoe. Rent a kayak.

Spots on the canoe are limited. Register now at

Bring your own meal kit.

5-6pm Sign in for canoe and kayak participants
6pm Opening Ceremony
630pm Launch
7pm Water Ceremony
7:30pm FEAST
8pm Witnesses
8:15 M’Girls
8:45 Curtis Clearsky and the Constellations

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

September Events

September 2019

Residency with Brandon Gabriel.  Contact us for more details.





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


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