Chiefs’ Traditional Welcome
I am Ron Sam, elected chief of Songhees Nation. I want to acknowledge that Royal Roads University rests upon the ancestral lands of Xwsepsum and Lekwungen families, now known as Esquimalt and Songhees peoples. Our ancestors once resided on the shores where Sneq’wa e’lun, the Blue Heron house, is located now. That's where our families gathered and harvested off the land. We welcomed guests and hosted them with great respect. As you begin your day, take a moment to acknowledge the rich history this land has.
Below are some resources that further the engagement of the Chiefs welcome and Land Acknowledgements:
- Acknowledgements of Traditional Land
- Traditional acknowledgment and introduction
- Resources for Territory Acknowledgements
- Acknowledging First Nations Lands
Visit Indigenous Education and Student Services to learn more.