Territory Acknowledgments

The University of Victoria campus resides on the territory of the Lekwungen and WSÁNEĆ nations. The university, and it's students have benefited off of this beautiful land, which had been known as the village of the Sungayka, which means snow patches and was home to the Checkonien, a Lekwungen family. The Native Students Union recognizes the injustices upon local peoples and the benefits we reap from them, and we encourage students to give back what they can to the land and it's people as Indigenous students would in their homelands.

The WSÁNEĆ

SENĆOŦEN Speaking

W̲SÁNEĆ (Saanich) has been divided into 5 First Nations with their own reserves and governments, but are still part of one nation. The W̲SÁNEĆ are known as the Emerging People.

The W̲SÁNEĆ people consist of:


The Lekwungen

Lekwungen Speaking

Meaning "Place to smoke herring," the Lekwungen people are made up of two First Nations:

How to Give a Territory Acknowledgement

Check out this web page from Native-Land.

Native-Land is also a good resource to roughly find out what territories an area is on from a map.