On the Sea

We are grateful to be situated on the Salish Sea, which is integral to the cultural heritage and environmental health of our region. Here are some of projects that have taken place on the ocean:

UVic Living Lab Project field trip
UVic Living Lab Project field work

Darlene spends the day at tl’ches

Darlene took this photo yesterday (Oct. 1, 2019). We think it is a spotted ratfish (Hydrolagus colliei). They are more closely related to sharks than fish. The Wiki page reports that they move closer to shore in the spring and fall, but can…
UVic Living Lab Project canoe trip

Reefnet Fishery

JOIN US for a Community Celebration highlighting the Reefnet Fishery - September 22, 2018   On August 9th, 2014, the W̱SÁNEĆ Nation went reef net fishing to reclaim a practice that the colonial government outlawed a hundred years…
UVic Living Lab Project lab fun

Songhees Academic Youth Leadership Collecting Sand & Water Samples at Cadboro Bay

Songhees Academic Youth Leadership had a 2-day Science Camp at the University of Victoria.  Dr. John Taylor lined up a bunch of amazing mini-workshops for our youth. SAYL working with the University of Victoria to collect sand and water samples…
UVic Living Lab Project planning

Harvesting Traditional Foods with our Songhees Elders & Interviewing our Elders

Our Songhees Youth interviewed our Elders in both Year 1 and Year 2 of the SAYL - Living Science Lab project.   CRD's Erich Kelch and Keir Cordner from First Nations Health Authority made this trip possible.  Erich drove us out…
UVic Living Lab Project learning

A Day in the Sun on T’liches with Songhees Community and UVIC staff

Each year, Songhees Academic Youth Leadership goes to our islands to do some historical, biological and anthropological work with Songhees and UVIC experts.   Standing around an ancient longhouse foundation with Songhees youth,…
UVic Living Lab Project outside

CENQALES – Tribal School Cultural Day – June 20th, 2019

Living Lab participated in National Aboriginal Day – LAU WEL NEW Tribal School’s Cultural Day sponsored by PEPAKEN HAUTW who have been leading the Reefnet – willow restoration project.  Sharing a Clam Bar B Q – marine life tent with…
UVic Living Lab Project field trip

Living Lab Community of Practice: Team Day – Salish Sea, July 2019

On July 11th Living Lab team members Florence Dick and Darlene Joseph ( Songhees Nation) , Earl Claxton Jr,  Nick Claxton and Tiffany Joseph ( WSANEC) along with John Lutz (UVic History), John Taylor ( Biology), Judith Lyn Arney ( PEPAKEN HAUT’W) …