Port Moody Welcome Post Project

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.

Read more about the Welcome Post Project.

There are events happening throughout the year so scroll down for the complete calendar.  Follow us on Facebook for updates and schedule of events!


More Information.  Lead Artist coordinating this community-based reconciliation in action project is Tasha Faye Evans, welcomepostproject @ Gmail.com, who is collaborating with the Port Moody Ecological Society.

Come and listen to Coast Salish artists and Knowledge Keepers share stories and song. Participate in creating the Port Moody Welcome Post. Learn the true history and experience the rich culture of the Coast Salish Peoples of this land. Free Family Events for all ages!

Some of the highlights! Guided nature walks with Cease Wyss, Drum making workshop with Rueben George, Coast Salish Drumming and Singing with Russell Wallace, Songs of this Land with M’Girls, First Voices storytelling, Cedar Weaving workshop, community collaborations to design the Port Moody Welcome Post with Squamish artist, James Harry and much more.

 Program of Events
All events are held at the Noons Creek Hatchery
We are located over the footbridge from the Port Moody Recreation Centre.  Find us here.

Events are free unless otherwise stated.

Launch Event on July 9 – Community Feast served, sponsored by George’s Meat & COBS Breads.  Welcoming with Lead Artist Tasha Faye Evans and special guests from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Port Moody Foundation, #CoastSalish Artists, and local community members. And you! Bring your friends or family.  Plant Walk with T’uy’tanat Cease Wyss, Ethnobotanist], local Squamish ethnobotanist leading us on a walk at 1pm. First Time to Noons Creek? This is a great way to learn about the area!

Walks with T’uy’tanat-Cease Wyss
Sunday, June 25, July 9, July 16 from 1 – 3pm
Join artist and ethno-botanist T’uy’tanat-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. Learn how the trees, rocks and animals are all of our relations.

Project Launch, Community Feast & Plant Walk
Sunday, July 9, 11:30am-3pm
11:30 Feast served, sponsored by George’s Meats & COBS Breads.
12:30 Welcoming with Lead Artist Tasha Faye Evans and special guests from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Port Moody Foundation, and local community;
1pm Plant Walk with T’uy’tanat Cease Wyss.

Reconciliation: A Community Dialogue with Brandon Gabriel
July 20 and August 24, 7pm  First Voices. Stories of this Land

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 particiapte? 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/  – visit them at Kinder Books.


August 17, 7pm  Songs of This Land with Renae Morriseau and M’Girls –  VOICES OF THE LAND WITH RENAUE MORRISEAU AND M’GIRL


WORKSHOPS!  Fee and pre-registration for workshops.  Full payment required in advance to reserve your space.

Cedar Weaving Workshop on Sunday, July 23, from 1 – 3pm

Pre-registration and payment required$15 fee for materials.  Register now!
Connect with the wild fibres of the Cedar Tree.  Learn traditional Coast Salish techniques  of weaving cedar bark into hats, blankets, regalia, jewelry, and baskets. Take home your creation. 

Connect with the wild fibres of the Cedar Tree. Learn traditional Coast Salish techniques of weaving cedar bark into hats, blankets, regalia, jewelry, and baskets. Take home your creation. Pre-registration required. $15 fee for materials. Our guide today will be Tuy’t’tanat / Cease Wyss. Please pay the materials fee in advance online (if possible).

NOW FULL!  Drum Making Workshop with Rueben George on Friday, August 25, from 7 – 9pm
$165 per drum pre registration required.
(Waitlist by emailing portmoodyecologicalsociety@hotmail.com)

Reminder! This event is being held at MOSSOM Creek Hatchery, located just up the road from Noons Creek hatchery on Ioco Road, on the right, up Mossom Creek Drive and up the trail.
Spend an evening with Rueben George, and spend supported time to finish a drum, and bring it home with you.
Rueben George knows intimately the area around (so-called) Port Moody and the traditional lands and waters of the Tsleil-Waututh. “Our ancestors have always had a spiritual connection with one another. Since time immemorial, we’ve protected these lands together; we were stewards of these lands together. We learned to love and teach our children to have these relationships with our lands and waters.”
Sundance Chief Rueben George is an Indigenous community organizer and spiritual leader. He is a Lakota Sun Dance Chief and the grandson of Chief Dan George, the Oscar nominated widely respected native leader.
Rueben is also a former Community Development Director for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, and is now Co-Manager of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust helping to coordinate the fight against Kinder Morgan’s proposed tar sands oil pipeline expansion off the shores of Port Moody. Rueben is also in demand as a speaker on spirtual and environmental issues, both across the Pacific Northwest and internationally. Rueben has two children, and is also a drum maker for almost 20 years, having handmade over 2000 drums.
This workshop will be held at the Mossom Creek hatchery, located just a little further up Ioco Road (from Noons Creek Hatchery) at 12 Mossom Creek Drive, Port Moody.

Coast Salish Drumming and Singing with Russell Wallace
Thursday August 31, Time TBA  Get involved: welcomepostproject @ Gmail.com | Instagram & Twitter: @NoonsCreek | web: noonscreek.org

Donate now to help us raise the Welcome Post.  More info here

All activities are held at our Noons Creek hatchery.

The Welcome Post Project is a series of Coast Salish Cultural events being held under the gazebo at the Noons Creek Hatchery and concludes with an artist in residence with celebrated Squamish carver, James Harry. The overall objective of the Welcome Post Project is to raise a Coast Salish House Post that will be an expression of our community’s celebration of the First People of this land and our shared commitment to take care of each other and all of our relations.

Port Moody Connects: Welcome Post Project.
To embrace Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, the Port Moody Ecology Society and Coast Salish artist Tasha Faye Evans present Port Moody Connects: Welcome Post Project in partnership with Tri City SUCCESS Centre for new immigrants. At the Noon’s Creek Hatchery, all members of our community are invited to participate in workshops and events lead by local First Nations artists and Knowledge Keepers to learn about this land and experience local Coast Salish culture and history of the original First People of Port Moody. From June until November 2017 there will be nature walks, storytelling events, and cultural workshops that will culminate into a community collaboration to design a Welcome Post with celebrated Squamish artist in residence, James Harry. This Welcome Post will be raised at Rocky Point Park as a legacy for all our residents to honour the First People upon whose land Port Moody is built, and celebrate our multi-cultural connections and shared responsibility as a community to continue to take care of this land, each other and all of our relations. This Welcome Post will be the first of three House Posts that will be raised to celebrate the First Peoples whose land Port Moody is built upon.

You may also email welcomepostproject @ Gmail.com for more information

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