About The Project
This project offers newcomers (recent immigrants & refugees) to lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ territories in the Capital Regional District opportunities to learn about local Indigenous protocols, histories, and initiatives. Through the month of September, 2021, the Being Here & Being Together roundtable series provided space to reflect on the responsibilities resettlement and community-building comes with on unceded territories. Through guided conversations with local Indigenous and BIPOC community leaders, this series of roundtables explored land acknowledgements, reconciliation, and community building. Recordings of these discussions have been made available here for continued learning.
This project builds on the conversations that emerged from two local dialogues. First, the Canadian Council for Refugees 2019 Spring Consultation, Roots: Reconciling the Global with the Local. Second, the city of Victoria’s third Reconciliation Dialogue, “Newcomers to Canada and Reconciliation,” facilitated by Sharmarke Dubow and Carey Newman. Members of UVic WUSC provided additional insights and directions for the development of a Participatory Budgeting proposal submitted to the City of Victoria and residents in the Summer of 2020.
The organizing committee is grateful for the support of Victoria’s residents who voted to fund this small project alongside six other incredible initiatives to support newcomers.
The full project report, as submitted to the city, is available by clicking here.