Hiýáḿ Project 2024

Hiýáḿ Project 2024 - Honouring National Indigenous Peoples Day

For our 4th annual Hiýáḿ Project, we are helping to contribute x̱ach’t seeds to Indigenous communities. X̱ach’t is the Squamish name for Fireweed. In honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day, we're donating seed packets to partnering Indigenous communities, individuals, and organizations. Every x̱ach’t (Fireweed) seed packet purchased supports this meaningful project. Click here as Dominque James (Satinflower Nurseries) shares some of her teachings of xach't as well as propagation information.

Purchase your seed packet here.

The Hiýáḿ Project is a collaboration with Sḵwálwen Botanicals that brings native seeds to Indigenous communities. Hiýáḿ is a Squamish word that was chosen by Leigh Joseph of Sḵwálwen Botanicals and translates to ‘return home.' She chose this name to signify what it means to welcome Indigenous plants onto the land and the ways that Leigh describes "plants can lead us home, to ourselves, to the land, and our families". The seed packets feature beautiful artwork by W̱SÁNEĆ Nation artist Sarah Jim of W̱SIKEM (Tseycum). Pictured below, Sarah is holding the Hiýáḿ Project's 2023 design.

Launched in 2021, the Hiýáḿ Project’s first iteration featured Coastal Mugwort seed packets distributed to Sḵwálwen customers in tandem with donations to the BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin), Scia'new (Beecher Bay), and W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip) communities on southern Vancouver Island. In year two, we featured Stinging Nettle (ts'exts'ix in Squamish and ȾEXȾEX in SENĆOŦEN), and last year, we featured Barestem Desert-parsley (K’EXMIN in SENĆOŦEN).
So far in 2024, we have partnered with members of Malahat Nation, STAUTW, Sci'anewStewards of Sc'ianew Society, NIȽ TU,O Child and Family Services Society, PEPAKEṈ HÁUTW̱, Aunty CollectiveHulitan Community and Family Services Society and Wild About Plants. We deeply appreciate our community partners for their essential support in distributing these seeds.

For more information, check out Sḵwálwen Botanical's webpage, or click here as Dominque James (Satinflower Nurseries) shares some of her knowledge of ȾEXȾEX and K’EXMIN.