The Sacred Lands Conservancy dba Sacred Sea is an Indigenous-led 501c3 non-profit committed to promoting ancestral knowledge and practices for the protection and revitalization of the the waters, culture, life, and sacred sites of the Salish Sea. Our projects include the Campaign for Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut, the Lummi Fisherman’s Memorial, and the forthcoming Sacred Sea podcast.

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News and Updates

We share news, stories, and posts that pertain to our work and the Salish Sea on our Facebook page, also viewable here on this homepage. You can subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of any page of this site. And here, on our blog, we will post occasion updates and notes. Hy’shqe for your engagement!

Homecoming, remembrance, legacy

In the wake of Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut’s passing, we are working on how we might honor her memory and secure her legacy. We are grateful that Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut (Tokitae / Lolita) was happy, healthy, and active up until two days before she swam on. Her suffering was not...

Bellingham Event May 4

"Orca Happy Hour" benefit for Sacred Sea on May 4, 5-7pm, Hotel Leo in Bellingham. Art, song, and stories for and about Sk'aliCh'elh-tenaut (Tokitae / Lolita) and her qwe'lhol'mechen (orca) family. Featuring Lummi violinist Swil Kanim, the Choir of the Salish Sea,...

Grateful for the old year; excited for the new one

We are hopeful that 2023 will see Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut come home We wish you all a happy new year! We are grateful for what 2022 gave us. Highlights include: Lhaq’temish prayer and healing ceremonies for Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut and her family; the Listening Conference in...

Miami Seaquarium CEO “following his heart”

Eduardo Albor talked today at the Conference about how he was following his heart in buying the Miami Seaquarium and doing what he can for the benefit of all the animals there and elsewhere. He sees the current dedicated and loving care, in partnership with Friends of...

Toki Present and Future: A day of listening

Watch the December 13th Conference "Toki: Present and Future -- a day of listening" live or recorded here (you must go to YouTube to watch, the video is disabled for playback on other sites):

“Toki: Present & Future” conference announced

Hy'shqe to Friend of Toki (formerly Friends of Lolita) for this news: a conference dedicated to Sk'aliCh'elh-tenaut's current welfare and future possibilities will be held on December 13, 2022, in Miami. This "Day of Listening" will be one in which Friends of Toki...

November 7 update

We are grateful for your ongoing love and concern for Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut (Tokitae / Lolita). She continues to be treated for the infection she’s had since last winter. Her most recent health assessment report is here. Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut continues to receive love and...

Squil-le-he-le’s note on recent prayer visit

"Feeling blessed and full of gratitude. Shirley Bob and I just returned from Miami. We went to pray and do cultural ceremony with our relative, Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut. Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut is feeling better. She enjoyed Shirley singing songs to her, my drumming and...

How your support helps

Hy’shqe! You make a difference O Si’am ne schaleche sii’am (our respected friends and relations), You mean the world to us. Your moral, emotional, and spiritual support for Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut has helped shift policy and practices. For 52 years, our relation performed...


We are grateful for support from the 11th Hour Project of the Schmidt Family Foundation; to the Indigenous Rights of Nature project through the Na’ah Illahee Fund; to the Fund for Wild Nature; and to our individual donors around the world. Earth Law Center, the Whale Sanctuary Project, and Friends of Toki are key collaborators. Our Netse mot I shwolowen (One mind, one heart) alliance includes 350 Seattle, Sierra Club, Earth Ministry,, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, Mosquito Fleet, and others.

Protect and Revitalize the Salish Sea

Your tax-deductible donations to Sacred Lands Conservancy 501(c)(3) doing business as Sacred Sea​ directly supports the Salish Sea Campaign and the work to bring Sk'aliCh'elh-tenaut (Tokitae/Lolita) home. Hy’shqe!




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