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I was raised in the Okanagan in a settler context and moved to the Salish Sea in 2004. As a youth, my grandmother told me we had matrilineal Coastal Indigenous ancestry but intergenerational trauma prevented us from exploring it. It was a great surprise then, through my work with the Xwe’etay/Lasqueti Archaeology Project, to discover my Indigenous great great great grandmother Margaret (Maggie) Kosampsom lived, loved, and died on Xwe’etay/Lasqueti after arriving here in the late 1800’s to homestead with her husband Robert Stubbins. It’s been an immense blessing to connect with my ancestor and restore her lost Indigenous heritage to Xwe’etay/Lasqueti’s settler history. I give thanks to Spirit and to the ancestors for the privilege of participating in this sacred work.
Faren's great great great grandmother, Margaret (Maggie) Kosampsom, and husband Robert Stubbins.