TRUE AND LASTING INDIGENOUS RECONCILIATION
We acknowledge that the City of Victoria is located on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples known today as the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations. The history of our city’s relationship with these Nations is filled with bad faith, broken promises, and shameful betrayals towards the people who have called this place home since time immemorial. These past actions are an indelible part of our present, which we must confront.
Today, we have an opportunity to embrace true and lasting reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. In Victoria, good initial steps have been taken to bring recognition of Indigenous history and culture into our city and our public spaces, and to begin a journey of reconciliation with the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations. The journey is only just beginning, and we are committed to taking the next steps.
As candidates, our commitment to reconciliation is:
- To seek out the advice and leadership of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations who have stewarded this land since long before the City of Victoria was incorporated.
- To find opportunities to ensure that Indigenous peoples share in the prosperity of our community, such as pushing for opportunities for Indigenous contractors and employment in major city infrastructure projects.
- To support opportunities for residents to learn more about the Indigenous history and culture of this land on which we live today.
- To support the continued implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples through the Witness Reconciliation Program and the City Family.
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