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Etalew̓txʷ | ÁTOL ÁUTW̱ | Centre of respect for the rights of one another and all beings

Language

Language is the foundation of Indigenous laws, worldviews and ways of knowing and being. The protection and revitalization of Indigenous languages is a priority for local Indigenous communities and for UVic.

Throughout the Indigenous plan, we have used Lək̓ʷəŋən and SENĆOŦEN language and teachings. These words and teachings have been shared with the university community by Elders, Language and Knowledge Keepers from the local Nations, and we are charged with upholding them through the Coast Salish teaching of Nəw̓es šxʷ cən ʔay̓ šqʷeləqʷən | ÁMEḴT TŦEN ÍY, ŚḰÁLEȻEN | Bring in a good heart and a good mind.

Elders Seniemten, Dr. Elmer George (Songhees Nation, Lək̓ʷəŋən) and J,SIṈTEN, Dr. John Elliott (Tsartlip First Nation, SENĆOŦEN) have provided permission and guidance on the use of Lək̓ʷəŋən and SENĆOŦEN throughout the Indigenous Plan.

Lək̓ʷəŋən spoken by Seniemten, Dr. Elmer George (Songhees Nation)

XʷkʷənəŋIstəl
Héʔəkʷ ʔə cə čəléŋən ɫtə
Nəc̓əmaat kʷəns čeʔi
Nəw̓es šxʷcən ʔay̓ šqʷeləqʷən
Leʔt šxʷ helə ʔə cə mak ̓ʷ sčeʔi səʔ
Etalew̓txʷ
Centre of respect for the rights of one another and all beings
ʔetalnəwəl
University of Victoria · ʔetalnəwəl | Respecting the rights of one another and being in right relationship with all things
Respecting the rights of one another and being in right relationship with all things

SENĆOŦEN spoken by J,SIṈTEN, John Elliott (Tsartlip Nation)

W̱ȻENEṈISTEL
TŦE SKÁLs I, TŦE Ś,X̱ENAṈs
HÁEQ ȽTE OL TŦE ĆELÁṈEN ȽTE
ÁMEḴT TŦEN ÍY, ŚḰÁLEȻEN
S,HOL EṮ MEQ EN ENÁ SE SĆȺ
ÁTOL,ÁUTW̱
Centre of respect for the rights of one another and all beings
ÁTOL,NEUEL
Respecting the rights of one another and all things