Moon Tide Reconciliation acknowledges that it is situated on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
"Moon Tide Reconciliation: Where the phases of the moon and the tides of change meet the journey towards reconciliation"
Meet xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Musqueam
Elder Martin Sparrow
"Meet Elder Martin Sparrow, a master carver from the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Musqueam Nation who specialized in house posts and spindle whorls. Martin comes from a long line of Musqueam fishermen and has a passion for sharing his knowledge and skills with the next generation. In addition to his work as a carver, Martin is also a fisherman, harvesting salmon, crabs, and prawns with his family's commercial fishing vessel.
Martin is a talented singer of Coast Salish songs, and uses his powerful voice to open ceremonies and events with deep and uplifting . At Moon Tide Reconciliation, Martin shares his skills and traditions through cultural workshops on carving and smoked fish. He is dedicated to preserving and sharing Indigenous history and traditions, and to promoting understanding and respect between cultures."
Shona Sparrow Knowledge Keeper
"Shona Sparrow is Syilx & Nlaka'pamux married into Musqueam She is a cedar weaver and is passionate about reconciliation. Shona has dedicated her work to facilitating the Kairos Blanket exercise, a powerful tool for promoting understanding and awareness about the history and impacts of colonization on Indigenous peoples.
Shona has a deep connection to the land and waterways, following the seasons and learning from the plants, fish, and cedar weaving. She is committed to preserving Indigenous history and traditions, and to promoting understanding and respect between cultures.
Shona is also a survivor of the sixties scoop and works to be a voice for her late mother Tessie Mike, a survivor of Kamloops Indian Residential School, and her father Francis Shuter, a former Chief and survivor of Kamloops Indian Residential School, and a knowledge keeper from the Nlaka'pamux Nation.
At Moon Tide Reconciliation, Shona is dedicated to creating cultural safe spaces and empowering youth to give back to their elders and community. She works to bridge the gap between youth and elders through education and mentorship, and to build a more equitable and just future for all."
Moon Tide Reconciliation Founders & Owners
Martin & Shona Sparrow
"At Moon Tide Reconciliation, Martin and Shona Sparrow bring together the teachings and traditions of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Musqueam, Syilx, and Nlaka'pamux nations. With a shared love of fish and culture, they work to create positive, cultural safe spaces for elders and youth alike. Through the Kairos Blanket exercise, cultural workshops, and storytelling, they strive to facilitate reconciliation and promote understanding and respect between cultures.
At Moon Tide Reconciliation, we believe in collaborating with both elders and youth in all aspects of our business. We are committed to hiring a diverse Indigenous team and to creating safe spaces where all members of our community can share their knowledge and traditions. Together, we are dedicated to preserving Indigenous history and traditions, and to empowering youth to give back to their elders and community. We believe that through honest and open dialogue, we can create a more equitable and just future for all."