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Transfer of the Tribal Journeys Talking Stick

With the breathtaking backdrop of the Salish Sea, the Tribal Journeys Talking Stick changed hands from Chief Michael Wyse of the Snuneymuxw First Nation to Hegus Clint Williams of the Tla’amin Nation. The ceremony which is usually conducted during the closing protocol at Tribal Journeys marks the transition between the current host nation and the nation who will welcome canoe families the following year. The cancellation of Tribal Journeys 2020 due to COVID, meant this very public exchange could not occur. Instead, a small group representing each nation met in Snuenymuxw Chambers on July 27th, the day the canoes would have arrived into their territory.

It is a bitter sweet moment for the Snuneymux peoples said Chief Wyse, who acknowledged the impact COVID had on the ability of the nation to host Tribal



The ceremony which was live streamed, had more than 9,000 views and had reached nearly 25,000 people as of Tuesday, July 28th.

Journeys as planned. “We are honoured to welcome the Tla’amin Nation today for this important occasion and look forward to standing with our relations next year on the shores of their territory as the canoes arrive”. Hegus Williams issued a formal invitation for the Snuneymuxw peoples to join with the Tla’amin Nation for this historic moment. “We look forward to welcoming you to our territories to witness this tremendous event and celebrate the power of our peoples and our communities” he commented. Both leaders noted on the positive impact Tribal Journeys has on Indigenous peoples and the opportunity it represents in promoting reconciliation, partnership and collaboration, and both pledged to provide the necessary support for ensuring success. 


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The Tla'amin Nation (formerly known as the Sliammon First Nation) is located on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast, just north of Powell River. 

Our people have inhabited this region for thousands of years living in harmony with the land. We look forward to welcoming you in the summer of 2021 for the Annual Tribal Journeys celebration.


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