Welcome to Salt Spring Island as we reconnect with nature in Episode 1 of Season 1 in 4K, #NaturallySaltSpring of Naturally Ours, a documentary web series that explores parks and the people they inspire.
In this first episode, meet Cowichan Knowledge Keeper Hwiemtun and Geographer and Artist Briony Penn. Hwiemtun welcomes us to the Coast Salish Territory and shares the importance of connecting to the land, because as his Uncle reminds us, “we are all Indigenous to somewhere in the world”. This connection to the land and to nature is something Briony explores from the perspective of the member of a family who were settlers on Salt Spring Island and the need for reconciliation to move forward. “There’s a saying on this Island, ‘Don’t try and change Salt Spring, let Salt Spring change you.’ ”
In addition to meeting Hwiemtun and Briony in this episode of Naturally Ours, we explore a couple of natural spaces on the island, Cusheon Lake and Xwaaqw’um (Burgoyne Bay). Stay tuned on Roamancing as we visit both those places in greater depth, and we giveaway a two-night stay at Cusheon Lake Resort.
You can also follow along with the broader story online of our filming Naturally Ours and the places we visit with the #NaturallyOurs hashtag and around Season 1 with #NaturallySaltSpring.