Acknowledgements of Traditional Land

Esquimalt Lagoon

Daily, we are grateful to Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) and Lekwungen (Songhees) families, who continue to share their knowledge about the history of the lands and their cultural practices.

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.

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, send a request by email