Ocean Knowledge Cards

Have you ever gone to the beach and wondered about the names or unique characteristics of the ocean creatures you saw there?


Uu-a-thluk has partnered with Ocean Networks Canada to develop a marine-focused education tool for our Nuu-chah-nulth community members and schools, and anyone interested in a Nuu-chah-nulth perspective.

Nuu-chah-nulth Ocean Knowledge Cards highlight 36 species of sea life found along Vancouver Island’s west coast. The cards show the ways that Nuu-chah-nulth people harvest and prepare these sea foods that have been culturally significant for millennia, and remain so to this day. They are the perfect accompaniment for your next stroll along the beach.

Decks are $40, plus postage fees. 

Pricing differs for Nuu-chah-nulth Nations and Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council departments (please contact Alison Wale for details).

The objective of the cards is to promote cross-cultural learning by encompassing both Western ocean science and Nuu-chah-nulth perspectives to understand the importance of marine species within Nuu-chah-nulth Ha-ha-houlthee (chiefly territories). This project takes its inspiration from the Pacific Northwest Plant Knowledge Cards produced by the Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities Indigenous Food Network.

Any proceeds resulting from sales of the cards will be reinvested in Uu-a-thluk’s capacity building programs in Nuu-chah-nulth communities.

For more information about Nuu-chah-nulth Ocean Knowledge Cards or to purchase a deck, contact:

Alison Wale, Uu-a-thluk Capacity Building Coordinator

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