The Sacred Lands Conservancy 501c3 dba Sacred Sea is an Indigenous-led 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.

Tah-Mahs Ellie Kinley

Sacred Lands Conservancy President Tah-Mahs Ellie Kinley is a mother, a fisherman, and an enrolled Lummi tribal member. Every generation of her family since time immemorial has fished the Salish Sea. In her work to protect the life and waters of her people’s traditional territory, she has testified before US and Canadian governmental agencies, worked for Lummi Nation’s Sovereignty and Treaty Protection Office, and currently serves as an elected member of Lummi Nation’s Fisheries and Natural Resources Commission. She is a founding and current board member of both the Whatcom Commercial Fisherman’s Association and SeaFeast.  Photo by Damon Winter for the New York Times “Salmon People” article.

Cyaltsa April Finkbonner

Vice-President Cyaltsa (sigh-alt-suh) April Finkbonner is a fisher, multimedia artist, journeyman ironworker, and member of the Lummi Nation. She also serves on the board of  Se’’Si’Le, an Indigenous nonprofit organization. Bellingham Alive! magazine profiled Cyaltsa in the Since Time Immemorial series. “Everything has a message, a story,” Cyaltsa has said of her work, much of which is about our endangered killer whales and salmon, the ocean, and the power of blessings and prayer. “Art brings forth the teachings of the ancestors through different mediums.”

Julie Trimingham

Secretary/Treasurer Julie Trimingham is a mother, writer, filmmaker, and communications strategist dedicated to the Salish Sea and to supporting Indigenous and indigenized stewardship thereof. She first became involved with Lummi Nation during the fight to protect Xwe’chi’eXen (Cherry Point) from the massive proposed coal port, when she created the “pop-up” non-profit, publicity campaign, and website Subsequently, she was honored to work for the Sovereignty and Treaty Protection Office of Lummi Nation for several years.




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