Welcome to WS'ANEC' territory

Our school acknowledges that we work as visitors on the traditional territory of the WS'ANEC' (Saanich), Lkwungen (Songhees), Wyomilth (Esquimalt) peoples of the Coast Salish Nation.

As Mihesuah states, "since every academic institution sits on Indigenous land, ultimately, the institutions exist because Indigenous people were first dispossessed."

Audio clips

John Elliot

We worked with Sencoten teacher John Elliot (WS'ANEC') to create the following audio clips.

Clip one (mp3 audio): Listen to a welcome song of protection for visitors, introduction and welcome. You'll learn about the relationship UVic has to traditional WSA'ANEC homelands.

Clip two (mp3 audio): John Elliot takes the listener on a further journey about the traditional territory of the WS'ANEC' peoples of the Coast Salish Nation, including territorial markers related to WS'ANEC' teachings.

Our responsibility as visitors

We encourage all students to acknowledge the homelands of Indigenous nations the university occupies and to learn further about your relationship as a visitor to the traditional territories of the nations you reside upon.

WS'ANEC' territory icon

The "Eagle's Gift" logo

eagle feather logo

"Eagle's Gift" is a child emerging from an eagle feather.

The artist, Doug LaFortune, is a master carver from the Saanich Nation. He explains that the meaning is twofold; eagles and their feathers are held with the highest degree of sacredness in traditional Saanich culture, likewise, children in Saanich culture are considered sacred gifts.

In addition, eagles are known to be fierce protectors of their young.