SISȻENEM Island Returns to W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations

Today SISȻENEM—a culturally important island located in the Salish Sea off Sidney Island—is being returned to its rightful owners. The Land Conservancy of British Columbia and the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council are signing an agreement to transfer title for SISȻENEM, a 9.67-acre island that forms part of the territory of the W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations. It is landmark act of reconciliation that was facilitated, in part, by Dr Tara Martin, UBC’s Liber Ero Chair in Conservation, Faculty of Forestry.

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Shores of the SISȻENEM Island
Photo courtesy of Alex Harris

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