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We are from the Lekwungen Nation, often called the Songhees, though it was others who gave that name to us.
For time immemorial we have been the first peoples of what is now known as the southern part of Vancouver Island. We have always had a strong oral history, but recognize the newer generations rely increasingly on the written word. The Lekwungen worldview inspires and shapes our approach to everyday life such that it impacts every facet of our lives.
There is a fine balance in that the Lekwungen ways define our worldview – but are also defined by our worldview. Our approach to naming, witnessing, cedar bark collection, creative endeavours and everything else that makes up a life are deeply informed by our values. That all-encompassing approach serves, importantly, to reinforce those same values.
You cannot break an innate worldview.