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Meet the Matriarchs: Squamish Nation Knowledge Sharers

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MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver

115 West Esplanade

North Vancouver, BC V7M 0G


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Join us to meet three generations of Squamish Nation knowledge sharers: Kultsia Barbara Wyss, T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss and Senaqwila Wyss.

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As part of Indigenous History Month, join us at MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver for a special event with three generations of Squamish Nation knowledge keepers: Kultsia Barbara Wyss, T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss and Senaqwila Wyss.

Through stories and song, these Squamish Nation matriarchs will share their wealth of knowledge on local traditions and culture.

Kultsia Barbara Wyss will also be sharing stories from her book "Story of the Squamish People 1800-1900".

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MONOVA's Connections Speaker Series

Focused on human stories, MONOVA's Connections Speaker Series will celebrate the innovation, diversity and unique landscape our communities inhabit through a fun, surprising and thought-provoking series of guests.

This series will explore everything from European settlement and the journey for Indigenous people from residential schools to Truth and Reconciliation, to successive waves of immigration (from Iran, the Philippines, China, Korea and elsewhere), celebrated artists, innovators, writers and athletes, and varied North Vancouver neighbourhood cultures.

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About Kultsia Barbara Wyss

"I am Squamish First Nation. I am a matriarch and a survivor of Indian residential school and a defender of indigenous women's rights, actively involved in the struggle for many years. My writings include history of First Nations women and their place in the development of Canada. I am a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. With other elders, I helped establish a community garden that provides a learning center for people of all ages. The garden produces plants that were Indigenous to the Squamish people that includes medicinal teas."

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About T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss

For over 30 years, T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss has been studying ethnobotany, indigenous plant use and medicinal herbs, and in her learning, has raised her daughter Senaqwila with these teachings. Passing this knowledge to each generation is vital to their culture and health.

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About Senaqwila Wyss

Senaqwila Wyss is Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Tsimshian, Sto:lo, Hawaiian and Swiss. She holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in the Faculty of Communications, Arts and Technology, with minor in First Nations Studies. She also holds a First Nations Languages Proficiency Certificate in the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim, and is pursuing her diploma in furthering her fluency and proficiency in the Squamish language.

Senaqwila and her husband are raising their 4 year old daughter, and 2 years ago adopted her 9 year old niece, to be first language speakers, which had not been done in her family four generations after colonial impacts; while also learning with her husband Justin Leo’s Líl̓wat Ucwalmicwts language from the Lil’wat Nation.

Senaqwila practices ethnobotany with traditionally-trained mom Cease Wyss with indigenous plant medicines. Senaqwila was raised learning these ancestral teachings and uses plants as teas, medicines, tinctures and ceremony. She passes on these teachings to her children.

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