Deepen your connection with BC’s nature by listening to three Indigenous leaders describe their unique relationships to the land and sea.

Discover the important role water plays in the life of Francine Douglas Shoyshqwelwet from the Stó:lō (Sts’ailes) and Ts'msyen (Metlakatla) First Nations as she journeys into the Stó:lō S’olh Temexw in the Fraser Valley.

What does wind teach us? Chief Frank Antoine of the Bonaparte First Nation shares what he’s learned by listening to the wind in the mountains of the Thompson Okanagan.

Travel the expansive rainforests of Northern Vancouver Island with K’odi Nelson of the Kwakwakaʼwakw Nation and see how everything around us is connected.

Modern-day British Columbia is the meeting of hundreds of diverse cultures and languages. This has been the story of these territories for thousands of years.

First Nations maintained intricate relationships with one another through family ties, culture, language, and trade. The Chinook Jargon Language was used to fill the gaps in language between nations and with settlers for trade, among other functions.

Illahee means “our lands and our place within them.” In choosing the word Illahee, we honour the intent of the Chinook Jargon Language to serve as a means of connecting people from diverse backgrounds to each other and to these lands.

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