chapter  14
With Roots in the Water
Revitalizing Straits Salish Reef Net Fishing as Education for Well-Being and Sustainability
ByNicholas XEMṮOLTW̱ Claxton, Carmen Rodríguez de France
Pages 9

The SX̱OLE, or Reef Net Fishery, was at the core of the W̱SÁNEĆ traditional society and an integral piece for maintaining balance and a sense of well-being. As a knowledge system, the Reef Net technology defined our existence and relationship to our homelands. This chapter describes the art of revitalizing the W̱SÁNEĆ Reef Net fishing practice, which has shown great potential in informing future directions of education in our community as it provides the opportunity to claim ways of knowing and learning that need to be connected to the land, worldview, language, culture, beliefs, and homelands of the W̱SÁNEĆ people, therefore helping the community regain a sense of wellness and nationhood.