Sharing knowledge about native plants is the keystone of our program. W̱SÁNEĆ ethnobotany teachings are woven into the workshops through hands-on connection to the native plants in our nursery and native plant gardens. Students also share their own knowledge learned form the families and community members about the use of these precious resources. In the workshops students learn how to propagate native plants, plant them in the native plant garden, and taste whatever is in season!
Students in our program also have opportunities to consider the larger context of native plants through our many ecological restoration opportunities. Students listen to stories of the land while doing invasive removal and planting native species, linking the stewardship of native ecosystems to their health and food security. All the restoration sites we work on are traditional resource areas for the W̱SÁNEĆ people, and their work contributes to the healing of the special places for generations to come.

Garden & Food Processing

 

Our vibrant vegetable garden is a delight to all the students. Here they learn the skills to plant their own vegetables, watch them grow through the seasons, and taste them fresh out of the ground. We also have cooking classes which support students learning how to process and preserve these healthy foods.

Traditional Skills

Through our program, W̱SÁNEĆ elders and knowledge keepers share traditional skills such as the unique W̱SÁNEĆ reefnet technology, baking salmon and clams in the traditional manner, harvesting and drying wild teas, or even making clamshell rattles, deep sea scallop ornaments, wool pompoms and more.
Our program takes place year round at ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Tribal School in Brentwood Bay, BC. As well as our weekly workshops we have a ĆENIȾEȽONSET (autumn) feast which celebrates healthy and traditional foods, an Earth Day celebration with a focus on wild tea making, and a ĆENQÁLES (summer) celebration, all of which feature interactive educational displays from our community partners such as UVic Geography, CRD, VanCity, and VIHA as well as many other local knowledge keepers and volunteers. We are so grateful for everyone who has contributed to make this program a success!