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Native Plant Nursery

Native Plant Nursery

Native Plant Nursery

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. This work is largely supported by SeaChange Marine Conservation Society for the important restoration project at SṈIDȻEȽ (Tod Inlet), a sacred place in traditional W̱SÁNEĆ territory.

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SṈIDȻEȽ Restoration Project

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Native Plant Restoration

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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. SeaChange works in collaboration with the Tsartlip Lands Committee as well as W̱SÁNEĆ knowledge keepers and local restoration specialists to guide the restoration of the site. Amazing volunteers from the local community, schools and organizations such as the Garth Homer Society, as well as students from ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Tribal School, all participate in restoring this special place. Most of the beautiful plants at the PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ nursery find their homes at SṈIDȻEȽ. Learn more about SṈIDȻEȽ here!

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ȾIX̱EṈ Restoration Project

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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

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ȾIXEL Restoration Project

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ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Tribal School & Saanich Adult Education Centre

An exciting new initiative from 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. Restoration on this site is led by Saanich Adult Education Centre students, Tye Swallow, Nick Claxton, Earl Claxton Jr and Judith Lyn Arney. Native plants will be propagated at PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ for transplanting at ȾIKEL!