Acknowledgement Song

Produced by Russell Gendron

Image: Two hands held up in a display of gratitude.

A song from J,SIṈTEN, acknowledging the beautiful places the creator has made for us all to enjoy and over which we all have a responsibility to look after.

Break From Reality

Produced by Russell Gendron

Image: Three spinning heads share a conversation.

In 1999, Alan Weeks was 29 years old and living on Mayne when he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. In this piece, Alan takes us through the moments leading up to his diagnosis and how being on Mayne Island supported him then and now.

Music "Peachy Beachy" and "Moon Blooms" by Foot Hills and "Born Under Punches as the Sparks Fly Upwards" by C.Diab

Canoe Walk

Produced by Russell Gendron

Image: Four seals swimming playfully around a canoe.

An ordinary walk to Miners Bay for a canoe ride.

These Chairs Weren't Made for Dancin'

Produced by Russell Gendron

Image: A chair next to a campfire and noisy musical instruments.

On New Years Eve at the north end of Galiano Island, a group of friends gather around a fire and write an impromptu country tune to bring in the new year! Featuring Hannah, Julia, Sara, Frieda-Raye green, Liz, Colin, Aidan, Maya, Russell, Adrian, Adrick and others!

Fumbling Towards Reconciliation

Produced by Sadie Couture

Image: Missing

Marie Weeks is a settler of British, Irish and French heritage, born and raised on the traditional, unceded territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Wauthuth and Squamish peoples. Marie’s recent art focus has followed a deep desire to be an active participant in healing the relationship between Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in Canada through personal healing, group facilitation, relationship building and academic research. John Aitken is a physical actor, carver, videographer, photographer, and educator. He identifies as Indigenous with a mixed ancestry of Coast Salish, Haida, and Scottish. John has a rich background in performing arts, including dance, acting and film production. He is also a prolific self-taught wood carver, working within Coast Salish traditional styles as well as exploring his own contemporary style.

In this piece, John and Marie discuss their ongoing collaborative project “Fumbling Towards Reconciliation” through which they explore possible ways for non-indigenous people to work alongside Indigenous peoples towards reconciliation, and the significance of this work to life on Mayne Island.


Produced by Russell Gendron

Image: Two girls holding hands next to a tree stump reappropriated
            as a chopping block.

Joanna Weeks, a longtime resident of Mayne Island, grew up on Pender Island, alongside her life-long friend and sister-in-law, Anne “Barb” Weeks (m. Humphries). After Barb passed away in 2012, Russell Gendron (Joanna’s grandson), sat down with Joanna to ask her about her friend and life on the Gulf Islands. This is an excerpt from one of their many conversations.

Home Here On Mayne

Produced by Russell Gendron

Image: A banjo between two flowers.

A cassette recording of a familiar island figure, Jimmy “Scotty” Neale. He lived on Active Pass for many years and was about 93 when he died. A well known folk legend in the area, Neale’s songs are a special part of Mayne’s history.

Historian and long time resident, Jenifer Iredale, suggested we look into Jimmy Neale’s songs at the B.C. Archives in Victoria. Thanks to Iredale and the Thomas family, who granted us the copyright permission, Home here on Mayne and Paddle Around in your Canoe (listen to “Canoe Walk” to hear this one) are both featured on the Mayne Island Soundmap.

Land of Milk and Honey

Produced by Russell Gendron

Image: A cherry tree branch.

Miyuki Nagata was born in 1923 and lived through the Japanese Internment imposed by the Canadian Government during the Second World War. In Chase, B.C., where her family was interned, she met and later married John Nagata - a Mayne Islander who was also interned and forced to leave Mayne, along with his family and other Japanese folks living on the island.

Her grandson Kai Nagata, her great-grandson Makoyi, and Russell Gendron all sat down for lunch one day while Miyuki told them about what Mayne Island meant to her late husband John and to the Japanese community that was forced to leave there.

Protection Prayer

Produced by Russell Gendron

Image: A prayer blessing to all.

A song sung to festival goers at Campbell Bay Music Festival in 2018, wishing them good fortune and safety during their celebrations.

Queen of Nanaimo

Produced by Emile Scott

Image: The iconic, and now retired ferry, Queen of Nanaimo

A moody piece of prose about the Queen of Nanaimo, the iconic, and now retired ship that serviced the Gulf Islands from 1964 to 2017.

Sweet Dreams

Produced by Sadie Couture

Image: A ghostly lady ghost.

Follow a group of Mayne Islanders as they turn bad dreams into sweet ones. Featuring Annah MacKay, Claire Gendron, Eyvan Collins, Russell Gendron, and Saoirse Soley.

The Joy of Cooking Fenison

Produced by Sadie Couture

Image: A Mayne Island Fallow Deer.

Mayne Island is home to two types of deer, indigenous Black Tail Deer, and formerly farmed Fallow Deer. This story explores the origin of Fallow Deer on Mayne Island, the many uses for deer meat, antlers, and leather, as well as islanders’ perspectives on, and frustrations with, the management of the deer. For more information visit a site from the Mayne Island Deer Committee.

Songs 'Waltz (Tschikovsky Op. 40)' and 'Ghost Dance' by Kevin McLeod made available for use by the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) License


Produced by Russell Gendron

Image: A Mayne Island Fallow Deer.

The SENĆOŦEN name for “Helen Point” is XIXNEŚEṈ, which means “the sacred track”. This is a significant reef net fishery that the W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip) people have used for thousands of years.

Mayne Island is traditional Coast Salish territory and has a special relationship with the W̱JOȽEȽP people of the W̱SÁNEĆ First Nation because Tsartlip Reserve 6 is on Mayne Island.

SENĆOŦEN language expert, J,SIṈTEN (Dr. John Elliott) is a respected Elder of the W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip) First Nation and has taught at ȽÁU,WELṈEW Tribal School in Saanich for over 30 years.

His dedication to the revitalization of First Nations languages began over 30 years ago, inspired by the efforts of his father, David Elliott, to preserve the SENĆOŦEN language.