This roundtable speaker series offers newcomers (recent immigrants & refugees) to lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ territories in the Capital Regional District an opportunity to learn about local Indigenous protocols, histories, and initiatives. Free and open to the public, the Being Here & Being Together roundtable series provides space to reflect on what resettlement and community-building means on unceded Indigenous territories. Through guided conversations with local community leaders, these roundtables explore land acknowledgements, reconciliation, and community building.
The Being Here & Being Together project is made possible with support from the City of Victoria’s Participatory Budgeting Initiative and in partnership with the UVic WUSC Local Committee. Due to developing COVID-19 heath and safety protocols, these roundtable discussions are scheduled to take place over zoom. You can learn more about the event by clicking here.
To register, click on the “Register” button for the roundtable event. You will receive a Zoom link to join the roundtable. You can register all the way up until the time of the roundtable.
Sept. 2nd 2021
6:00 – 7:20 pm
Speakers: Florence Dick & Moussa Magassa
Being Here: What are Land Acknowledgements?
This roundtable speaker series takes place on the traditional and unceded territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən (the Songhees & Esquimalt Nations) and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose relationships with these lands continue from time immemorial. In this introductory discussion introduces you to local Indigenous peoples’ cultures, place names, and histories. The discussion explores what land acknowledgements mean and why they are said before gatherings. It also explores how they are informed by local protocols and histories. Through guided conversation, we invite you to reflect on what it means to welcome and be welcomed on these territories, and what relationships and responsibilities we share and carry as guests on Indigenous lands.
Sept. 16th 2021
6:00 – 7:20 pm
Speakers: Asiyah Robinson & Clint Kuzio
Being Here: What is Reconciliation?
Truth and Reconciliation is a call for collective listening and acting to address injustice and to (re)build relationships with Indigenous peoples in a good way. This roundtable discussion explores what Reconciliation means in our everyday actions and lives. In addition to introducing some Calls to Actions to which we may personally respond, roundtable speakers share how they have defined their roles and responsibilities in making positive change for today and for the future. We invite you to reflect on what challenges us and what gives us hope in committing to the work of Reconciliation in Canada.
Sept. 23rd 2021
6:00 – 7:20 pm
Speakers: Tanya Clarmont, Ariel Reyes Antuan, Adam Olsen
Being Together: How do we Build Community?
Weaving together our previous conversations on land acknowledgements and Reconciliation, this final discussion reflects on how we might work collectively towards more just and inclusive communities for today and tomorrow. Roundtable speakers explore community building through the lens of current issues and initiatives related to environmental sustainability, cultural revitalization, anti-racism work, and social justice. Breaking down what it means to build relationships in a good way and be an active ally, this discussion equips you with a diverse range of tools to envision your own roles and responsibilities in your local communities.