The GVTA acknowledges and gives thanks that we live and thrive on the traditional territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən People, also known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. lək̓ʷəŋən means ‘the place to smoke herring’ and as we continue to learn about the rich history and remarkable stewardship of these Nations, we strive to walk and live respectfully on the land, while helping to reshape an equitable future. We do this by recognizing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the document of DRIPA. We do this by listening, creating safe spaces for learning and by educating ourselves. We do this by teaching Canada’s true history and we do this by turning Reconciliation into ReconciliACTION, especially in regards to the ‘Education’ Calls to Action. We do this through love and respect, gratitude and humility. We raise our hands and give thanks to the lək̓ʷəŋən People for their generosity, wisdom, respect, resilience, knowledge and teachings.
Hay’sxw’qa. Thank you.