On March 22, 2012 Tsawout members, Saltspring Islanders, the Islands Trust, CRD, I-SEA, and the Bridgman family officially dedicated the W’EN,NÁ,NE (facing Saanich) 13 moon Calendar Sign and the land donated to park lands by private land owners – Bridgman family – situated next to the Tsawout reserve on Saltspring.
An excerpt from “Community News” on the Tsawout First Nation website.
”The name W̱EN,NÁ,NEĆ describes these special lands which face south to the peninsula. Nature was so rich here that it supported the W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) culture year-round for thousands of years. This sign, featuring the W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) thirteen moon calendar*, is a joint project of the SȾAUTW̱ (Tsawout [say-out]) First Nation and Salt Spring community. Elders taught us that nature provided for food, medicine, clothing, tools, transport and building materials, beauty, and cultural, guidance. The names are written in both English and SENĆOŦEN [sen-cho-then] – the language of the Saanich people.
The beauty and abundance of this land and its resources are why W̱SÁNEĆ people and the settlers love this place. Clams, crabs, herring spawns and overwintering seabirds in the bays provide staple foods throughout the seasons. Salmon migration corridors and sea mammals are a short paddle away, and creeks provide a year round source of fresh water. The land is rich with plants – from the edible camas flowers on the coastal rocky bluffs to the western red cedar which was used for making canoes, clothing, buildings and other goods. Evidence of ancient village processing grounds for clams and other resources are seen on this stretch of shoreline making this place one of the largest, most complex, culturally-significant sites in the Salish Sea.”