Tantalus Wellspring Society, with the generous support of Squamish Savings, has partnered with Norm Hann Expeditions to offer two opportunities for people to get out on the water on paddleboards and learn about the incredible cultural history of Atl’Kitsem (Howe Sound), the traditional waters and territory of the Squamish First Nations.
Abundant with natural beauty, the area is also rich in the cultural history of the people known today as the Squamish Nations. Archaeological studies date the first inhabitants of the area to over 9,000 years ago.
Squamish Nation knowledge keeper, storyteller and teacher Xway Wat (Naomi Cayou) and her family will share teachings about the local history, language, legends, canoes, plants, cedar and more. This tour starts with ocean safety, is for beginners or experienced paddlers, and the guides will also help coach and improve participant’s paddling skills throughout the tour.
All paddling and safety equipment is included.
Tantalus Wellspring Society (TWS) is committed to supporting access to activities that support mental well-being. Connecting with the natural environment and learning about culture and tradition is one of the many ways that TWS seeks to support the well-being of the Sea to Sky residents. We know that access to such activities can be a challenge. Sliding scale pricing is available.
There will be two opportunities to participate: August 6 and 7. Start time and location can be found at https://tantaluswellspring.ca/events/
Julie Bresalier is on the board of directors for Tantalus Wellspring Society.