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Accepting truths about Indigenous connections to the land provides a foundation to begin healing past wrongs and creating bridges.
We are standing in a circle on an expansive beach in front of an ancient rock-walled fish-trap — one of many archaeological sites on the small island of Xwe’etay (Lasqueti) in the Salish Sea between Vancouver Island and the British Columbian mainland.
We are joined by about 80 island locals who clambered over slippery rocks to hear about the archaeological heritage of the island and to meet members of the Tla’amin Nation, who have historical ancestral interests on Xwe’etay.
This is the first time any of the islanders have met their northern Coast Salish neighbours and the first time these Tla’amin community members have visited these ancestral lands.
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