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Updated territory acknowledgement

The Indigenous territory acknowledgement that you hear spoken at UVic’s public events and gatherings, and see in our printed publications and websites, is a vital and visible way that the university honours the traditional territory of the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples.

This summer, the university approved the option for faculty and staff to include the acknowledgement on university stationery and business cards. (Download at uvic.ca/brand or order from UVic Printing Services.)

In consultation with the Esquimalt and Songhees communities, the phrase “Lekwungen-speaking peoples” will be replaced with “Lekwungen peoples” in this acknowledgement and all future university communications. This change recognizes that, although Indigenous language revitalization is underway, not all members of the community are language speakers due to the impact of residential schools and other government assimilation policies.

We’ve also been asked to use the title “Elders” rather than “Old Ones” when introducing or referring to Elders. Finally, the language spoken by members of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations should be spelled “Lekwungen” rather than “Lkwungen.”