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 A Night At the Longhouse - Coast Salish Performance, Drumming, Singing and Dancing

A Night At the Longhouse - Coast Salish Performance, Drumming, Singing and Dancing


Our annual A Night At the Longhouse Event has been a smashing success! Back by popular demand, this is a community cultural celebration and performance with an evening of traditional Coast Salish-shíshálh drumming, singing and dancing and traditional storytelling. Also unique was our potluck dinner that included salmon and elk (donated by the shíshálh Nation). We invited our Sunshine Coast friends and visitors to join us and we've had a wonderful time. All proceeds go to Community Soccer – the Sechelt Renegades and Our SD 46 Cultural Dance Group. Please click the Photos tab above to view some photos from the event. Photo credit: Saara Olkkonen,

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Time: 5:00 pm Doors Open - Come early and warm up the drum and sing with us.

Location: 5488 Monkey Tree Lane, Sechelt BC. Shishalh Nation Traditional Longhouse

For further information, please contact:

You can also RSVP at or call 1-800-605-4643

Event Organizer: Candace Campo - Shishalh Nation Cultural Ambassador, Talaysay Tours & Aboriginal & Eco Tours

Email: Mobile: 604-341-7555

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 Back to the West Cost basics! Have your ever been to Ahousat?

Back to the West Cost basics! Have your ever been to Ahousat?

2016-03-15 | By: Candace Campo

Kayaking is a Team Sport. Some people like to go lone wolf, which is doable, but when on a multi-day trip you can be carrying heavy gear, food and safety equipment and your double fibreglass and or kevlar kayak can weight up to 200 lbs when loaded. Four to even 6 people carrying a loaded kayak is recommended by Talaysay Tours. When you do not have a big team to carry the kayaks, unload your gear at the shoreline and carry the kayaks empty or partially loaded. Your back will love you for the team effort in transporting the kayaks to and from the beach just by preventing a back tweak or serious injury. When you are adventuring in the wilderness your paddle mates are your tribe and you literally have to have each others backs in all aspects. Pun is intended.

In this gorgeous photo of the sandy beach and marine blue ocean, the kayakers are excited to launch their kayaks in the early morning sun as they cross the channel to go visit the Ahousat First Nations people, buy fresh bread, get fresh water and visit with the friendliest locals north of the 49th parallel. Northwest Coast hospitality at it's finest. We will see you this summer our friends of Ahousat.

Photo taken by Agaath Kooi, Switzerland, in the Clayoquot Sound, Vargas Island, 2015.
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 Aboriginal Day Kayak Tour

Aboriginal Day Kayak Tour



Come celebrate Aboriginal Day and the Summer Solstice with Talaysay. This tour will included drumming, singing, barbequed hotdogs, veggie dogs, hamburgers and cold beverages.

The First Nations Interpretive Paddle – Kayak Tour – 3.5 hrs is a half day eco-culturally enriched guided paddle designed for you and your group to have a memorable marine experience on your travels.

Paddle up the Sechelt Inlet (?álhtúlích) accompanied with our Talaysay cultural ambassador and guide. Together we will travel and journey by kayak these inlet waters that we locals refer to as our marine highways. While on tour with Talaysay you will witness firsthand the diverse and immense wildlife of this region with the countless species of birds, including eagles, cormorants, osprey, merganser, scooter and mallard ducks. The fish and sea life include herring, the four species of salmon, river otter, harbour seals, seal lion and in spring and in the summer we have been visited by porpoise, white sided dolphin, and at times orcas and grey whales.

On our paddle we comb the shorelines to view the diverse and eclectic forms of sea life and sea plants and share with you how First Nations managed and lived off the land and water. In the Sechelt Inlet our beaches are quaint, quiet and remote. Welcome to the Sunshine Coast.


Paddle by Kayak. Explore the Inlet. Go Eco. Experience Culture. Learn History. Spend the morning or afternoon with Talaysay. Your tour, we commit, will be fun, scenic, educational and memorable. Highlights include First Nations storytelling, and ecological, cultural and historical interpretation of this rich and diverse area. Our rich stories, both ancient and contemporary, our legends, teachings and points of history enthusiastically shared will include stories such as ch’inkw’u, the ancient sea serpent that lives in our Inlet waters, the or even the Sasquatch that lives in our forests will told with sheer enthusiasm and sincerity for your experience. We have stories for all participants of all ages and fun activities for children.


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Location: Porpoise Bay Provincial Park, Sechelt BC

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International Aboriginal Conference Concludes with Celebration of BC’s Aboriginal Tourism Leaders

2015-05-20 | Source: Aboriginal Tourism BC

(Coast Salish Territories, BC) –Two-days of intense discussions among 300 delegates and representatives from nine different countries during the 2014 International Aboriginal Tourism Conference (IATC) concluded with the Aboriginal Tourism BC (AtBC) industry awards, honouring outstanding tourism leaders from across the province. The World Indigenous Tourism Association (WINTA) also honoured AtBC with its inaugural award for leadership and commitment towards the key principles of the Larrakia Declaration, for the advancement of indigenous tourism.

With a theme focused on the importance of partnerships, IATC 2014 also allowed representatives from Destination BC, the Canadian Tourism Commission, the National Aboriginal Tourism Marketing Circle, Vancouver Coast & Mountains Tourism, Kootenay Rockies Tourism Association, Tourism Vancouver Island, Northern BC Tourism, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Tourism Whistler, the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance, Capilano University, Tourisme Quebec and Aboriginal tourism businesses from across Canada to share best practices and knowledge with global Aboriginal tourism leaders.

“We learned about Europe’s efforts to re-wild its natural spaces from our Bulgarian delegate, the success of South Africa’s green chefs program, how Aboriginal tourism is growing in Western Australia and that initiatives are underway to build Australia’s tourism workforce,” say Keith Henry, CEO of Aboriginal Tourism BC and co-chair of IATC 2014. “We also used the conference as an opportunity to launch AtBC’s new full service travel agency, Aboriginal Travel Services. Finally, we celebrated the amazing work being done on the ground here in BC by Aboriginal tourism businesses who are truly global leaders.”

Recognized with an AtBC Industry Award were:

Outstanding Accommodations Award
Wya Point Resort
Ucluelet, BC
Set in the lush coastal rainforest of the west coast of Vancouver Island, a few kilometres outside Ucluelet and within minutes of world-famous Pacific Rim National Park, Wya Point Resort is an ideal retreat for couples and families offering luxurious Aboriginal-themed lodge accommodations, rustic eco yurts and a family-friendly campground.

Cultural Centres & Attractions Award
Nisga’a Museum
Laxgalts’ap (Greenville), BC
A breath taking longhouse-inspired museum with a stunning array of exquisitely carved masks, bentwood boxes, headdresses, soul catchers, the Nisga’a Museum showcases works of art acquired from the Nisga’a people, and returned to their place of origin in the Nass Valley after the Nisga’a Treaty.

Outdoor Adventures Award
Talaysay Tours
West Vancouver, BC
Talaysay Tours explores the cultural wonders of the (SECHELT) Shíshálh First Nation territories with experienced guides on the First Nation Interpretive Paddle Tour and the Talking Trees experience. The experienced guides help visitors discover and experience traditional Salish ways of life on the Sunshine Coast and various Lower Mainland locations to hear traditional stories connected to local pictographs, native plants and wildlife by foot or by kayak.

Artist & Entertainer Award
Spirit Works Limited
North Vancouver, BC
As the president of Spirit Works Limited, Shain Jackson is also a lawyer who has represented the interests of Aboriginal communities and organizations throughout British Columbia in relation to a broad array of issues. After years devoted to the legal profession, Jackson has taken a break to follow his passion as an artist. Artistically, he works in Coast Salish design. As Jackson has continued to develop his own artwork to a higher level, he has had the privilege of collaborating with many amazing local artists. Inspired, Jackson has devoted much of his time to the protection of artists’ rights and has spearheaded the Authentic Indigenous Arts program with AtBC.

Industry Partner Award
New Relationship Trust
West Vancouver, BC
NRT invests in First Nations in BC by supporting them in five key capacity development areas: governance capacity, education, language & culture, youth & Elders, and economic development. As this year’s Industry Partner, NRT has
assisted AtBC by assisting businesses in becoming market ready, development of the authenticity handbook program and the travel trade’s Aboriginal expert program.

Food & Beverage Award
Spirit Bear Coffee Company
Vancouver, BC
As well as supplying fairly-traded coffee, Spirit Bear Coffee Company is committed to supporting indigenous communities. It sponsors the Kitasoo First Nations Spirit Bear Conservation Foundation and has also has been an
outstanding sponsor of many AtBC’s events, and partner at Klahowya Village in Stanley Park.

Gift Shop & Gallery Award
Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Gift Shop
Whistler, BC
The Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Gift Shop has been an outstanding ambassador for artists and crafts people by recognizing, promoting and selling authentic work from Indigenous artists. As a founding partner of the sellers program, this year’s award winner is being recognized as the first fully tagged Authentic Indigneous gift shop.

National Aboriginal Cultural Tourism Award
Haida House Tllal
Haida Gwaii, BC
Haida House won the first award by the Aboriginal Tourism Marketing Circle for the commitment and development of innovative, authentic aboriginal tourism experiences.

“We were proud to welcome so many tourism innovators to the shared territory of the Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations and honoured to pass the torch of this invaluable conference to our friends in Quebec,” says Chief Ian Campbell, Squamish First Nations. “Three years ago, AtBC started this gathering of Aboriginal tourism, first regionally, then nationally and now internationally. The ability to share knowledge with such global leaders in indigenous tourism is and will continue to be a profound experience for all of us."

IATC 2015 will be held in Quebec City at the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, andhosted by Quebec Aboriginal Tourism, March 24 – 25, 2015. More information may be found at

About AtBC
The Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC) is a non-profit, membership-based organization that is committed to growing and promoting a sustainable, culturally rich Aboriginal tourism industry. Through training, information resources, networking opportunities and co-operative marketing programs, AtBC is a one-stop resource for Aboriginal entrepreneurs and communities in British Columbia who are operating or looking to start a tourism business. AtBC works closely with tourism, business, education and government organizations to help B.C.’s Aboriginal tourism businesses offer quality experiences and actively promotes these experiences to visitors and local residents.

Please checkout this website for further information.

Source: Aboriginal Tourism BC

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