Victoria Urban Reconciliation Dialogue

Lekwungen Greeting and Welcome

Esquimalt and Songhees Nations, as well as the Lekwungen Speaking People, welcome visitors to their traditional territories with the following:

A’si’em nu schala’cha
(Oh-sea-em new-chayla-cha)
My honourable friends
Hay’sxw’qa si’em nakwilia
(Hy-sh-kwa sea-em na-kwil-ia)
Thank you my honourable people

Traditional acknowledgement of Esquimalt and Songhees Nations, and the Lekwungen Speaking Peoples' territories:

The Victoria Urban Reconciliation Dialogue wishes to recognize and acknowledge the Esquimalt Nation, Songhees Nation, and the Lekwungen Speaking People, on whose traditional territories we live, we learn, and we do our work.

Our Mandate

The mandate of the Steering Committee is to promote a collaborative approach to reconciliation in the Victoria area with a focus on the urban Indigenous community.


Our Vision

As we are at the beginning of our dialogue, we have not had time to determine our vision.


Our Values

The core values identified by this Steering Committee for their shared work are truth, justice, education, decolonization, sustainability and inclusivity.

Advisory Panel Gathering February 2019

Photo credit to Gregory Forsberg.

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The Steering Committee

Relationship building is key to the success of reconciliation. All Steering Committee members will make efforts to build relationships with other Steering Committee members, with partner agencies and communities, and with parties external to the Victoria Urban Reconciliation Dialogue (VURD) and the reconciliation conversation, in hopes of creating new dialogue in the community.

When Steering Committee members act on behalf of or speak as a member of the VURD Steering Committee, they will share the established messaging and reinforce a unified voice of what VURD means based on the vision outlined in this document and other documents created by the Steering Committee.

The Steering Committee is not representative and does not speak on behalf of any community member, but through these efforts can act as a conduit for the work of reconciliation.