Saanich Neighbourhood Place and Royal Oak Neighbourhood House are located on the traditional territories of the W̱SÁNEĆ and Lkwungen-speaking peoples, on whose traditional territories, we live, we learn, we play, and we do our work.
We acknowledge that the historical relationship to the land and territories of these peoples continues to this day.
We acknowledge that acts of colonization (such as requiring Indigenous children to attend residential schools and the ongoing high rates of Indigenous children in care), has made many inequities for First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in multiple forms. Despite these acts of colonization, Indigenous people continue to have vibrant communities and cultures.
As a family-serving organization, we recognize that we have the responsibility to work towards truth and reconciliation, and to remain open to suggestions and consultations, especially with local Indigenous communities, on how our organization can continue to work towards reconciliation. Through the work we do on territory, we are accountable to the following communities: Esquimalt, Songhees, Tsawout, W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip), Pauquachin, MÁLEXEŁ (Malahat), and Tseycum First Nations.
We hope that Saanich Neighbourhood Place and Royal Oak Neighbourhood House act a gathering space for children, families, and elders to be a safe, welcoming and engaging environment for all people, including Indigenous peoples.
Language Map of British-Columbia: http://maps.fphlcc.ca/
Vancouver Island Map of First Nations: http://viea.ca/business-living-on-vancouver-island/first-nations/
Songhees Nation: http://songheesnation.ca/
Esquimalt Nation: https://www.esquimaltnation.ca/
Tsawout First Nation: http://tsawout.com/
Tsartlip First Nation: http://tsartlip.com/
Malahat First Nation: https://malahatnation.ca/
Pauquachin First Nation: http://pauquachin.com/
Tseycum First Nation: http://www.tseycum.ca/