Acknowledging the lands of Indigenous communities

The Anti-Violence Project would like to acknowledge the Communities and Nations in whose territories we work and live: the Lekwungen (Chekonein, Chilcowitch, Swengwhung, Kosampsom, Whyomilth, Teechamitsa, Kakyaakan, Songhees, Esquimalt) and W̱SÁNEĆ (SȾÁUTW/Tsawout, W̱JOȽEȽP/Tsartlip, BOḰEĆEN/Pauquachin, WSIḴEM/Tseycum) Peoples. We would also like to express gratitude to the other local Peoples and Nations in this region including the MALAXEt (Malahat), Scia’new (Beecher Bay), T’Sou‐ke (Sooke), Ditidaht, and Pacheedaht Peoples.

We recognize the inherent connections between colonialism and all forms of violence. Recognizing the violence of ongoing colonialism and engaging in anti-colonial actions is critical to our work as anti-violence advocates.

Additional Resources

Pronunciation Guide for Indigenous Communities in B.C. (website)
http://bannockandbutter.tumblr.com/post/31780109220/pronunciation-guide-for-indigenous-communities-in

Lekwungen Then & Now (website with link to pdf)
http://www.iicrd.org/learning-hub/lekwungen-then-now

Resources for Territory Acknowledgement – Map and Pronunciation Guide of Local Nations on Vancouver Island (pdf)
https://www.antiviolenceproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Resources-for-Territory-Acknowledgements.pdf

Maps of B.C. First Nation Communities (website)
https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100021015/1100100021021

Traditional Territories of the Lekwungen(website)
http://bcheritage.ca/salish/ph2/map/lekwungen.htm

Map of Straits Territories of Vancouver Island (map)
http://uvac.uvic.ca/gallery/salishcurriculum/files/2015/04/Map-3-A-Straits-Territories-1JPEG-copy.jpg

Band Locations in British Columbia (pdf map)
https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/DAM/DAM-INTER-BC/STAGING/texte-text/inacmp_1100100021016_eng.pdf

Esquimalt Nation