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We raise our hands to our elders with gratitude and appreciation for everything they have given to us. 

Our Elders Council provides advice on Coast Salish traditions, language, and culture. They are a source of wisdom and knowledge and guide us along our path. 

The Elder's Advisory Council represents Naut'sa mawt Tribal Council's 11 member nations and guides the work of NmTC with their wisdom in culture, protocol, and experience.

Our Elder's Council meets monthly, sharing their teachings with the Naut'sa mawt staff. Their knowledge and resilience empower us to move forward in a good way, always mindful of our purpose. 

In addition to regular council meetings, we respectfully invite our Elders to participate in talking circles, open and close our meetings according to our cultural protocol, and attend Board of Directors meetings.  

2021/2022 Elders Council

Deanna George, Tsleil-Waututh

Janet Hansen Hielwet, T'Sou-ke 

George Harris Wholwolet'za, Stz'uminus

Vince Harry, Malahat

Janet Moore Hwum'mi'ya, Halalt 

Elsie Paul Qaxustala's, Tla'amin

Vera Peacey, Homalco

Bunny Price, K'omoks 

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December 2, 2021

Reflections on the past year

October 7th, 2021

National Day of Truth and Reconciliation sharing of community events. 

July 15th, 2021 

NmTC Board of Directors Meeting and AGM

NRG Board of Directors Meeting and AGM

April 21st, 2021

Sharing strength and stories and celebrating the Elder Council unique connection.

March 18th, 2021

Supporting each other and building each other up through COVID times

November 4th, 2021

Language sharing

August 23rd, 2021

Welcome to Our Table - Clam harvesting with Chris Bob, Snaw-naw-as

June 10th, 2021

Words and prayers for the 215 children found at Tk'emlups Residential School and for all survivors of residential schools. Food gathering stories and remembered experiences.

April 9th, 2021

NmTC Community Food Network series.  Beginner Medicine Making with D. Jeanne Paul from Tla'amin First Nation.

March 9th, 12th & 19 2021

NmTC Community Food Network Series. Hunting and skinning dear with Ken Thomas from Penelakut Tribe, Hogs for small-scale vegetable production from Kwantlen Polytechnic University

October 25th and 27th, 2021

Elders and Youth Talking Circle with NmTC and Islands Trust on the connection between native plants and clean water. 

July 20th & 22nd, 2021

Elders and Youth Talking Circle with NmTC and Islands Trust on the Indigenous Value of Water. 

May 10th, 2021

Jovial farewell to Valerie Cross, festive video shared with many laughs.

March 25th, 2021

NmTC Board of Directors Meeting 

January 22nd, 2021

Coming together to provide support and celebrate new beginnings in the New Year. 


We are honoured to have had the opportunity to learn from the teachings of our Elders. The members of our Elders Council, past and present, guide us through challenging times and we thank them for all that they have given to Naut'sa mawt.