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Restoration Projects

PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ is a thriving native plant nursery for local restoration projects! We grow a multitude of native plants from diverse native ecosystems including meadows, both open and mature forests, wetlands, and shorelines.

SṈIDȻEȽ Resiliency Project title

SṈIDȻEȽ Resiliency Project

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Native Plant Restoration

SṈIDȻEȽ Restoration Project content

SṈIDȻEȽ (Tod Inlet, Gowlland-Tod Provincial Park) is a sacred place to the W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. STOLȻEȽ (John Elliot, Tsartlip elder) tells the story of how SṈIDȻEȽ was actually the first W̱SÁNEĆ village site and where SLEMEW̱, the first W̱SÁNEĆ man, was placed by XÁLS the Creator. Judith Lyn Arney has coordinated the terrestrial restoration at SṈIDȻEȽ for SeaChange Marine Conservation Society since 2010. PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ works in collaboration with the Tsartlip Lands Committee, BC Parks, W̱SÁNEĆ knowledge keepers and local restoration specialists to guide the restoration of the site. Amazing volunteers from the local community, schools and organizations as well as students from ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Tribal School, all participate in restoring this special place. Many of the beautiful plants at the PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ nursery find their homes at SṈIDȻEȽ.

ȾIX̱EṈ Restoration title

ȾIX̱EṈ Restoration Project

ȾIX̱EṈ Restoration content

ȾIX̱EṈ (Cordova Spit) is the sandy spit located at Tsawout First Nation, a unique and diverse shoreline ecosystem rich in traditional medicines. Earl Claxton Jr and Judith Lyn Arney led the restoration of ȾIX̱EṈ at the behest of Tsawout First Nation from 2012-2015, coordinating volunteer days to remove invasive species and propagating native plants at PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱.

The project has since been taken on by Dan McNeil (Tsawout Youth Coordinator) and our own PEPAḴIYE Ashley Cooper! So the important healing work continues at this incredibly diverse and sensitive place.

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Native Plant Restoration

ȾIKEL Restoration title

ȾIXEL Restoration Project

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Native Plant Restoration

ȾIKEL Restoration content

ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Tribal School & Saanich Adult Education Centre

An exciting new initiative at the Tribal School! ȾIKEL (Maber Flats) was once prized as a gathering place for basketry and rope making materials. The beautiful SX̱OLE (willow) is an important plant material for the construction of the traditional W̱SÁNEĆ reefnet. In honour of W̱SÁNEĆ wetlands. we are working with the Dr. Nick Claxton and the Living Lab Project at the University of Victoria to restore a wetland area right here on the Tribal School grounds!