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Native Plant Nursery

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


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. PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ works in collaboration with the Tsartlip Lands Committee, BC Parks, SeaChange Marine Conservation Society, 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.

The SṈIDȻEȽ Resiliency Project accepts volunteers! Please contact SRP Coordinator Tiffany Joseph to sign up to our volunteer list or organize classes and groups to visit the inlet for some fun and restoration. Also check out the SṈIDȻEȽ facebook page for updates on volunteer days and happenings at the inlet.

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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. Today many of the important plants that grew in this important place are thriving again!


Native Plant Restoration

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ȾIKEL Restoration Project


Native Plant Restoration

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Living Lab Project

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!