First Nations public address coming to Saanich

Council approved the motion to have staff consult with the various First Nations who identify with Saanich as a traditional territory

  • Jan. 14, 2016 3:00 p.m.

A First Nations address at all official gatherings will soon be in place for Saanich.

Council unanimously approved the motion from Couns. Fred Haynes and Dean Murdock to have staff consult with the various First Nations who identify with Saanich as a traditional territory on what an appropriate address will be.

All of council agreed an address was overlooked and in need.

It is believed there are at least seven First Nations whose traditional territories are in Saanich including Pauquachin, Tsawout, Tsartlip, Tseycum, Malahat, Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.

“It’s appropriate for us to find a formula for us to acknowledge all seven nations,” Haynes said. “We don’t want to recognize one nation in place of another.

 

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