cultural restoration

Canoe Journey In Traditional Lands & Waters of Coast Salish Peoples

April 15, 2022

Friends is honored to sponsor a special inter-island tribal canoe journey, “Esqaplh etse Kwelengsen (Gathering of Eagles) Canoe Encampment.” All are welcome at this grassroots journey following the ancestral highways of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) people, beginning May 22 and running through May 27 in the Lhaq’temish homelands of Lopez, San Juan, Orcas and Waldron Islands. ... read more

Comp Plan Update: What future do you want for our community?

February 11, 2021

For many decades, working on behalf of and with our members, Friends of the San Juans has been diligently engaging in updates to San Juan County’s official Comprehensive Plan. Known as the “Comp Plan,” it guides how our community will look in the future. The County’s Comp Plan sets goals and priorities that guide the ... read more

San Juan Islands National Monument Needs Your Voice by 1/3!

December 27, 2018

The Bureau of Land Management is developing a Resource Management Plan for the San Juan Islands National Monument, which will guide their stewardship of these lands for the next 15-20 years. Please help us protect these public lands by commenting on the plan by January 3.  Click here to see Friends’ comment letter. Click here ... read more
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Celebrate Canoe Journey July 20-21 – Helpers Needed!

July 12, 2018

On Friday, July 20, tribal members from British Columbia will arrive on San Juan Island in ocean going canoes as part of the Tribal Canoe Journey “Power Paddle to Puyallup.” This inter-tribal Canoe Journey will end in the territory of the Medicine Creek Nation, which Puyallup Tribe will be hosting July 28 – August 4, ... read more
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Join & Help for Canoe Journey Stop-overs – Lopez July 24 & San Juan July 25

July 13, 2017

Each summer inter-tribal canoes depart from their homeland to a common destination within Coast Salish territory. Canoes will pass through the San Juan Islands on their way to the final destination in the Campbell River with the We Wai Kai Nation & Wei Wai Kum Nation. Canoe families, relatives, friends and spectators are invited to ... read more
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Kids and Canoes: Build-Paddle-Share

April 8, 2017

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Kick-off and Open House, April 21, 6 p.m., Friday Harbor High School STEM Building Community organizations on San Juan Island have developed a pilot project with Lummi Nation member and Master Canoe builder, Dean Washington, to build Coast Salish style cedar strip canoes in the San Juan Islands with students in grades 5-12. Students ... read more

I feel like I have found the home that I could not find anywhere else I have traveled and lived. Thank you, Friends of the San Juans, for protecting all of the islands and the Salish Sea.

Janet Burke

member, Henry Island