Land Acknowledgement

Four Winds * Westward Ho acknowledges that the place where we have camp every summer is on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish people, who have lived in the Salish Sea basin and in the San Juan Islands from time immemorial. We want to express gratitude for the peoples who have stewarded this land throughout the generations. The Central Coast Salish nations include the Lhaq’temish (Lummi), Lekwungen (Songhees), Swinomish, Semiahmoo, Samish, T’sou-ke, WSÁNEĆ, and Jamestown S’Klallam. These Indigenous people moved seasonally between the islands. We recognize that we are here because of the sacrifice forced upon them. In recognizing these tribal communities, we honor and seek to raise up and center their legacy, their lives, their descendants, and their living culture.

Click here to learn more about the tribal sovereignty of the Coast Salish people, granted by the Treaty of Point Elliott.

Click here to learn more about the vital work Coast Salish tribal communities are doing to repair and sustain the Salish Sea.