Being Here & Being Together

Project Vision

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.


Organizing Committee 


Julianna is an MA Student in the Department of Political Science at UVic with research interests in humanitarian migration, border policy, and the politics of memory. Before coming to live and study on Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ lands, she grew up in the village of Gold River on Mowachaht/Muchalaht territories. Inspired by the City of Victoria’s reconciliation dialogues, she is excited to be involved with the Being Here & Being Together project and comes to this work with mixed settler, Métis, Cree and Ojibwe ancestry, acknowledging disconnection from her mother’s birth family and communities.


Hello, I am Tuqa Al-Musawi, I am originally from Iraq, I came to UVic through WUSC in 2018,  I am in my third year as a student of Chemistry for Medical Science. I am also the general coordinator for the UVic WUSC club at the University of Victoria.


Jon is a PhD candidate of English at the University of Victoria, whose research investigates how refugees utilize a multitude of storytelling mediums to express their experiences and to tell their stories. He is humbled and grateful to learn and teach in this place of the Lək̓ʷəŋən and WS’ANEC’ speaking peoples. As a settler of European background who is not invited to this beautiful and vital place, he believes it is necessary to share in and support opportunities for truth telling and affirming Indigenous resurgence here in this place and globally.


Rob is currently working towards a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Victoria, with a focus on environmental education. He was involved with WUSC during his undergraduate degree, and as a result of the strong friendships that formed through WUSC there, joined the UVic team to continue supporting an inclusive community and helping newcomers to Canada feel welcomed.





We are grateful to our our speakers who have graciously shared their knowledges about this place and their time to make this project happen. (Click to learn more about our speakers).

We are grateful to receive funding for ‘Being Here & Being Together’ through the City of Victoria and the Participatory Budgeting to support our program. We are incredibly thrilled that the community members of the capital regional district selected this project to receive this funding our of 26 outstanding applications. ( Click to read more about this program here ).

Thank you to the members of the UVic WUSC community for initiating this project, your continued feedback, and your energy. (Click to learn more about UVic WUSC).

Thank you to the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria for your generous feedback and encouragement of this project. ( Click to learn more about ICA   )

Special thanks to the following members of our community for their mentorship, contributions, feedback, and inspiration at every step of the way: Liz Bean, Dr. Clint Kuzio, Tanya C., Steven Baileys, Myung Lee, Dr. Moussa Magassa, Shazia, Rebecca Hass, Dian Sam, Jennifer Komorowski, Wil Patrick.