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Our Mission

“The Salish Sea Research Center provides our students the opportunity to work with faculty to engage in research projects and develop their science and technical skills.”

– Dr. Justin Guillory, Northwest Indian College President.


The mission of the Salish Sea Research Center is to prepare the next generation of environmental scientists and leaders through fostering respect for indigenous knowledge of nature, providing opportunities for students to gain a solid background in scientific methods, and fostering critical thinking skills and self-motivation.


Four Core Themes

Selalexw: Our strength comes from the old people. From them we receive our teachings and knowledge and the advice we need for our daily lives.

Schtengexwen: We are responsible to protect our territory. This means we take care of our land and the water and everything that is on it and in it.

Xwlemichosen: Our culture is our language. We should strengthen and maintain our language.

Lengesot: We take care of ourselves, watch out for ourselves, and love and take care of each other.

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