KEXMIN field station: mission

mid-July seeding of KEXMIN (in green) Lomatium nudicaule

KEXMIN, Lomatium nudicaule, seeding (the stalks in green), mid-July in a historic patch along Dallas Road in Beacon Hill Park, Victoria , British Columbia

“We cannot carry out the kind of decolonization our Ancestors set in motion if we don’t create a generation of land-based, community-based intellectuals and cultural producers who are accountable to our nations and whose life work is concerned with the regeneration of these systems rather than meeting the overwhelming needs of the Western academic complex or attempting to ‘Indigenize the academy’ by bringing Indigenous Knowledge into the academy on the terms of the academy itself…The land must again become the pedagogy.” Leanne Betasamosake Simpson 2017[*]

“That the KEXMIN, Indian consumption plant, is a good medicine used to clean and open the way for the pure spirits to come near.”  Tsawout First Nation  

KEXMIN field station is a centre for research & learning spanning traditional indigenous knowledge and contemporary science for environmental planning, ecological design, public art and other forms of contemporary cultural production with a focus on the Salish Sea and its Gulf and San Juan Islands between the mainland of the North American West Coast and Vancouver Island.

[*] Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. 2017. As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom through Radical Resistance. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. pages 159-60.

 

the Salish Sea & Puget Sound as an organism

introduction to the work of KEXMIN field station

We are currently developing and discussing a mission statement. While currently active in a range of projects, this work all falls into the blank boxes in the mission matrix below. There is already too much work to be able to insert into these blank boxes.

contact: kexminfieldstation@gmail.com

 

KEXMIN, Lomatium nudicaule, a species with deep cultural, medicinal & nutritional significance to Salish communities

2018 September 24 Tsawout KEXMN P9240014 photograph by Gordon Brent Brochu-Ingram
2019 2019 May 27 Lomatium nudicaule just beginning to flower, Beacon Hill Park, Victoria P1010022 photograph by Gordon Brent Brochu-Ingram
Two of the most important Salish plants just coming into bloom: KEXMIN (yellow flowers) and camas, Camassia spp, in a traditional Lekwungen agricultural, gathering, and stewardship site, 2019 April 25 Beacon Hill Park P4250100

KEXMIN [SENĆOŦEN with the ‘K’ underlined], Lomatium nudicaule, just south of the reserve line set (under severe threat of imperial violence) for the W̱SÁNEĆ, north of Island View Beach, Saanich, Vancouver Island

2018 September 24 Tsawout KEXMN P9240083 photograph by Gordon Brent Brochu-Ingram
2018 September 24 Tsawout KEXMN P9240017 photograph by Gordon Brent Brochu-Ingram
2018 September 24 Tsawout KEXMN P9240028 photograph by Gordon Brent Brochu-Ingram

 

This population is highly vulnerable to ongoing sea level rise and saltwater intrusion into roots.