Local peoples & places

Deep gratitude to the Lekwungen (Esquimalt and Songhees) and W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples, who have been dancing here since time immemorial, and in whose homelands Creative Momentum is visiting.

The following links are compiled out of a desire to acknowledge, respect, and express much gratitude to the peoples, places, communities, friends and families of this land. I am a non-indigenous visitor and settler person compiling links that a variety of people have shared publicly over the years; I very much welcome feedback, edits and suggestions.

A few Local Places:
*links to websites/ films/ articles shared publicly by Local Salish people and families

Signs of Lekwungen (7 carvings by Butch Dick that mark places of cultural significance)

The Legend of ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ (on the W̱SÁNEĆ School Board website) / Many Ways of Being a Human Being: Our Way Begins on ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱  (article by MENEŦIYE)

Honouring Tradition (Bradley Dick at TEDxYouth – 13-minute film)

Tlchess and Restoring Camas & Culture (interview with Cheryl Bryce) / Pit cook at Camosun (news article)

PKOLS (brief film of the reclamation May 22, 2013, facilitated by WEC’KINEM (Eric Pelkey), with artist Charles Elliott)

Tsawout Seafood Festival (news article) / ȾIX̱EṈ Conservation (short film)

Na’Tsa’mahtThe Unity Wall (Land and Sea Mural at the breakwater with Artists/Mentors Butch Dick and Darlene Gait)

Sungayka / Loon Bay to Sahsima / Harling Point: (leaflet for touring to a few places in “Oak Bay”)

Grace Islet (facebook group compiling articles and updates)

Reflections of ‘Mary Lake’ (interview with Tom Sampson – 5-minute film)

Remembering SPAET Cave (article by Cheryl Bryce with links)

Sacred YOS is no place for housing site (newspaper article)

The 13 Moons of the W̱SÁNEĆ (images from The Saanich Year by Earl Claxton, John Elliott, Saanich Indian School Board)

YEUWE and SṈAḴE (podcast of a speech by the late Dr. Earl Claxton Sr. when UVic honoured him with a Doctorate of Laws degree in 2006)

W̱SÁNEĆ: Emerging Land or Emerging People (article by Jack Horne, including re: the Douglas Treaty, the Saanichton Bay Marina Case and James Island development)

Some Local Community Initiatives:

*links to a few of the many awesome initiatives that people have shared publicly. if you would like your Local community initiative linked from here, please be in touch. thank-you!

Project Down2Earth – Videos (local episodes include: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.2, 12.1, 5.1)

Tseycum: Our Journey Home – Bringing Back the Ancestors (film)

Stolen Sisters Memorial March – February 2013 (news film) Finding Dawn (documentary)

SENĆOŦEN Survival School – W̱SÁNEĆ School Board (website), and SENĆOŦEN Language initiatives (magazine article)

Lekwungen Food Systems (website), and Practicing Sustainable Self-Determination (journal article)

To Fish As Formerly: W̱SÁNEĆ Nation Brings Reef Net Fishing Back After 100 Years 
(5-minute film)

Pauquachin Nation film (40-minute documentary)

T’Sou-ke Solar Community Gathering (8-minute film)

Two-Spirit Gathering and Workshop, and Two-Spirit: Beyond sex and gender (newspaper articles)

Esquimalt Singers and Dancers (4-minute video)

Songhees Wellness Centre (news video)

Tsawout/ WSÁNEĆ Idle No More Jan. 16, 2013 (APTN news video)

Re-Educate – YellowWolf ft. Addie Elliott (Paint The Town Red) (“A song and video that scratches the surface of the ripple effect that residential and indian day schools have left behind.”)

A few contexts re: the Colonial Douglas Treaty Processes/ “Douglas’ Word”*

*I learned the phrase “colonial Douglas Treaty process” from the Tsawout dedication of Sign and Land from W̱EN,NÁ,NEĆ
*the phrase “Douglas’ Word” is talked about in the second link below

Douglas Treaty documents: excerpts of oral and written histories

The Oral History of the 1852 Saanich Douglas Treaty: a treaty for Peace (report written by Janice Rose Knighton, with oral history as told by John Elliott Sr. and the late Gabe Bartleman)

Esquimalt Nation – Sacred Trust: Our Traditions Still Continue…

Na’Tsa’Maht – Unity Wall film about the theme of Phase III and meaning of the Douglas Treaties

A bit of background to the Douglas Treaties

Douglas ‘Treaty’ texts


Some texts re: Indigenous-Settler Relations and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights
*these are documents that have been recommended through various Idle No More-related blogs

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Highlights of RCAP (Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples)

Aboriginal Rights – Learning Resources

The Royal Proclamation of 1763

Canada’s Constitution Act 1982 – Section 35

Canadian Government’s Indian Act

The Oregon Treaty of 1846 (slicing through families and Peoples’ territories with an international border)


Compiled resources:

Settler Ally Resources

Resources re: colonization and decolonizing

Idle No More

Decolonization Journal