The Victoria Family Court and Youth Justice Committee meets on the unceded Coast Salish Territory of the Lekwungen-speaking and WSÁNEĆ nations. We acknowledge and thank the Lekwungen-speaking peoples, also known as the Songhees, Esquimalt and Beecher Bay First Nations communities for allowing us to live on their lands.
The VFCYJC further acknowledges that the capital region spans the Traditional Territories of Coast and Straits Salish and Nuu-chah-nulth peoples and that, by virtue of being represented by all 13 municipalities, our committee is responsible to help build respectful and enduring relationships with our First Nations neighbours.
Timeline photosToday is National Indigenous Peoples Day which is a time for us to reflect on our shared history and connect with Indigenous cultures. The capital region spans the traditional territories of many First Nations, of which 11 have Reserve lands and 9 have settlement populations, and all of whom have a long standing relationship with the land and waters from time immemorial that continues to this day. The CRD believes that a positive working relationship with First Nations is good for the whole region. For the CRD to have a positive relationship with First Nations we need to acknowledge, respect and complement their Indigenous laws, customs and systems of governance. For more information please take a look at the CRD’s Statement of Reconciliation: www.crd.bc.ca/about/what-is-crd/statement-of-reconciliation ...