Our opening dance features Shadae Johnson with the Coastal Wolf Pack Tsatsu Stalqyu. Shadae Johnson is a mother, widow and sister. She is proud Coast Salish, Sylix Northern Dene, Northern Tutchone, and Han.
Tsatsu Stalqayu translated into English means Coastal Wolf Pack. A traditional Salish song and dance group, the group consists of over 25 male and female members of a single family, from age 6 months to over age 50. Their variation in age and gender allows for more song, dance and stories to be shared on stage and in their presentations. The members of the group with pride represent the following Coast Salish communities: Musqueam, Squamish, Tsartlip, Nanaimo and more. This breadth of membership along with the multigenerational performers gives their audiences a sense of belonging to this, the hereditary lands of the Coast Salish people.