Making Coast Salish Territorial Acknowledgements Matter

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TODAY’S SHOW Host: Irwin Oostindie @DutchPhoto.

Today’s entire program is dedicated to understanding Coast Salish protocol. We bring the audio from a panel discussion targeting genuine reconciliation and making territorial acknowledgements matter. Learn about Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh protocol practices and how people can integrate reconciliation steps into their own work. Deepen your practical understanding of colonialism and be an ally in confronting Coast Salish cultural erasure here in the Unceded Territories.

PRESENTED BY: The event was sponsored by: SFU’s Institute for the Humanities, Coast Salish Cultural Network, The Heart of the City Festival, and SFU School of Communications Graduate Caucus

SPEAKERS: Charlene Aleck / Ts’simtelot (Tsleil-Waututh), Tłakwasikan Khelsilem (Squamish), Christina Nahanee (Musqueam), and Irwin Oostindie (Dutch Settler). Moderator: Aleks Besan (Russian Settler).


Charlene Aleck / Ts’simtelot – Elected Councillor with the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation, and plays a Cultural Ambassador role for the Nation. Charlene is a granddaughter of Chief Dan George, an actress, known for The Beachcombers (1972) and The New Beachcombers (2002), a mother and grandmother. She is also an active participant with Children of Takaya and performs throughout Coast Salish Territory.

Tłakwasikan Khelsilem – Sḵwx̱wú7mesh-Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw is an educator, and language rights activist. He founded the Kwi Awt Stelmexw — a Coast Salish arts & education society — with the aim of creating and providing language programming to his community. He currently teaches at SFU a Squamish Language Immersion Program.

Christina Nahanee – Musqueam is the executive assistant to the Musqueam Nation manager, and has extensive experience assisting the protocol department at Musqueam.

Irwin Oostindie – Friday’s @W2Media Host and Dutch settler media artist, curator, and researcher who has led local and international media and culture projects. Irwin has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Media Arts from Capilano University, and is currently a SFU graduate student researching settler cultural policy and redress.

Host: Aleks Besan – Aleks is a Russian settler who immigrated to Coast Salish Territories as a child. She is an Educator with Check Your Head, and is interested in global migration and solidarity from diaspora communities, recently completing a degree in International Studies at SFU with an interest in sociological and culturally-informed aspects.

Here is the Facebook link for the event.





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