To Fish As Formerly

Grade 4 – 8 Reef Net Fishery School Tour

 To Fish as Formerly captures the story of the Straits Salish Peoples who have exerted efforts to revitalize the practice of the SXÓLE through discussions centred around historical art, stories, and objects. Students will learn about the belief systems, spirituality, language, knowledge and practices that are integral to the SXÓLE. A hands on cedar-rope making activity will be included. Students will leave this tour with a strong understanding of:

  • Straits Salish cultural and language practices
  • The continuity and revitalization of traditions by contemporary Indigenous peoples
  • The history of the W̱SÁNEĆ peoples and the Douglas Treaty


  • FREE
  • 90 minute guided tour and art activity
  • Running April 29th to June 18th, 2020
  • Bookings Wednesday – Friday @ 10am Exact times flexible with classroom needs
  • Located Downtown Victoria at the Legacy Art Gallery 630 Yates Street
  • Teacher’s package with in-class activities


We acknowledge with respect the Lekwungen peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

This program is generously funded in part by the Salish Weave Collection.

Image credit: Legacy Art Galleries, 2019.