Daily, we acknowledge the ancestors of the land and raise our hands to give thanks for welcoming us in to live, work, and learn within their ancestral lands. There are traditional stories owned by First Nations families that speak to the history of the lands of Royal Roads University and Hatley Park. We recognize that these lands are shared traditional lands of the Kwsepsum (Esquimalt) and Lekwungen (Songhees) families who once lived here to harvest the land for clothing, tools, food, and medicine.
This land is defined by the 1850 Douglas Treaty with the Teechamitsa people. Today, the Kwsepsum (Esquimalt), Lekwungen (Songhees), Scia’new (Beecher Bay) and T’Sou-ke (Sooke) First Nations have members who are descendants of the Teechamitsa.
It is part of Indigenous Education and Student Services mission to build a strong working relationship between all the local Nations and Royal Roads University with trust, humility, kindness and respect for each other.
We will remember to begin each day by acknowledging the rich history of this land, to continue to walk softly on these ancestral lands of the Kwsepsum, Lekwungen, Scia’new, and T’Sou-ke families of the Coast Salish area.
It’s highly encouraged, we all practice beginning our meetings, presentations, and/or events with this sign of respect, to acknowledge the rich history of these lands. If you’d like more information or have a lesson on how to do this, please contact, Asma-na-hi Antoine, Manager of Indigenous Education and Student Services.