2017 Symposium


2017 Symposium

The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ

Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th.

Join us for the “The Living Breath of wbaltxw: Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge” Summit. This year we are highlighting our Native youth and we encourage individuals and groups (Grades 7-12 and College), especially from the Northwest, to submit abstracts or interactive workshops (including films and poetry) that align with our themes below. We value the work of our future leaders and want to utilize our event as a platform for their creativity, vision, activism, education, and community engagement. Youth scholarships are available to support travel and lodging.  We also invite participation from Indigenous scholars, Tribal leaders, elders, and educators.

$20.00 for a day or $35.00 for both days with traditional NW foods lunch included. Registration is now opened! Register today!

For more information contact Dr. Charlotte Coté at clotise@uw.edu or (206) 221-6549.

Planning Committee: Dr. Charlotte Coté, Dr. Dian Million, Dr. Clarita Lefthand Begay, Dr. Michelle Montgomery, Susan Balbas, Cynthia Updegrave, Dr. Michelle Daigle, and Jessica Hernandez.

UW Students (Seattle, Tacoma and Bothell), undergrads and grad students FREE WITH UW ID AT DOOR.  Students don’t need to register. We’ll check you in at the door.



Opening this year’s symposium—Hyamiciate, Della (Rice) Sylvester

Hyamiciate, Della (Rice) Sylvester is a traditional medicine woman from Cowichan Tribes on Vancouver Island. Della has been studying the medicinal uses of plants all her life. She is retired and makes her living giving lectures, workshops, and nature walks. Della has vast knowledge of Pacific Northwest plants and their medicinal and ceremonial uses. She is familiar with plant identification, the traditional stories associated with each, cultural protocols, and how to make medicine salves. A dynamic presenter, Della works with learners of all ages and engages audiences with songs, stories, prayer, humor, and traditional ecological knowledge.

Della Face Close UpDella Sylvester Cedar HatDella Sylvester Singing








We are very pleased to announce our Keynote Speaker for our upcoming Symposium on May 5th and 6th, Kalilah Rampanen!

Kalilah Rampanen (16 years old) (Nuu-chah-nulth, Woodland Cree and Finnish) is a musician, songwriter, and activist. Kalilah’s music explores Indigenous, environmental, and social horizons that combine acoustic, blues, and alternative styles of expression. In addition to her musical path, Kalilah is actively involved in activism and advocacy for the protection and preservation of Indigenous lands, culture and language. Kalilah has participated in a wide variety of campaigns that raise awareness of environmental devastation caused by mining, oil extraction, deforestation, and aquaculture. She uses her music to shed light upon the interconnectedness that is maintained through ancestral, indigenous roots to the lands and waters and she maintains a lifestyle that keeps her connected to her traditional territories, culture and family.












2017 Program Symposium is now live!

We hope to see you this year as we Honor and Highlight our Native Youth! We are an eco-friendly event so we thank you for not printing our symposium program. 

Click on the double arrows on the upper right-hand side to download our program.