ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE W̱SÁNEĆ PEOPLE

Vintage Land Acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge the W̱SÁNEĆ people on whose traditional territory our business resides. The W̱SÁNEĆ People lived on the San Juan Islands and the Saanich Peninsula from Goldstream and Mount Doug to the north most point of the peninsula. This land is their home. Surrounded by ocean and the bounty it provided the sea was important to their way of life. Their stories and culture is spoken in SENĆOŦEN, the language of the W̱SÁNEĆ people.

Today is a day of remembrance, reflection, action, and learning. It is a day to recognize the history and effects of residential schools on all indigenous people.

For most of us this year has been shocking with the discovery of burial sites at residential schools throughout Canada. However, for Indigenous people there was no surprise, most knew children did not return. We no longer can ignore the dark history Canada was built on. We must educate ourselves and speak out against racism.

Available resources:

NCTR – National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future

Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf (exactdn.com)

Settlers – W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council (wsanec.com)

Begin your learning journey (rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca)

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