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Economic Initiatives

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Business Partnerships

Salish Seaside RV Haven

Salish Seaside RV Haven is Western Canada's premier Motor Home Park, located on a private peninsula right in the heart of Victoria's waterfront harbour. Salish Seaside RV Haven proudly owned and operated by the Songhees & Esquimalt Nations.  

The park was a vision of former Songhees Chief Robert Sam and former Esquimalt Chief Andy Thomas, who worked with Transport Canada to negotiate the purchase of the land in 2005. The lands were leased to Westbay Village RV Park until 2017.

Salish Seaside RV Haven replaced Westbay Village RV Park with an upgraded turf, asphalt roads and concrete pads. A majority of the 36 sites are right on the water, all sites command spectacular views in all directions. Big rig friendly, with 30 & 50 amp power, free WIFI, and a brand new amenities building featuring modern washrooms, showers, laundry room and a spectacular community room with a barbeque, decks and fireplace.

Salish Sea Industrial Services Ltd

Salish Sea Industrial Services Ltd provides marine industrial services on Vancouver Island including the following: dredging, pile driving, water, and land-based construction, maintenance, restoration and deconstruction, marine safety, and marine support. Salish SeaIndustrial Services is a Registered Aboriginal Business under the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business. The company is majority Aboriginal-owned by Songhees Nation and Esquimalt Nation in partnership with Ralmax Contracting Ltd. Salish Sea provides skilled trades and general labour employment training and placement services for the Victoria BC industrial market area. Salish Sea Industrial Services has been awarded the 2014 Joint Venture Award from the BC Aboriginal Business Association.

Skwin’ang’eth Se’las Development Company

A partnership between Songhees Nation and Esquimalt Nation and the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority for the purpose of incubating First Nation business entities and building business development capacity for the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.

Songhees Businesses

Songhees Events and Catering

Songhees Events and Catering is growing each year.  The Wellness Centre is a sought-after destination to host board meetings, banquets, workshops, and conventions.  The Catering side of the business is expanding with a new catering van purchased in 2019.

Songhees Events and Catering employs seven full time, eight to ten part-time and an additional ten casual staff at peak season. 

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Songhees Gallery Cafe

Closed due to COVID-19

The Gallery Café is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm with an a la carte breakfast and lunch service, specialty coffee drinks and fresh pastries baked in house.  Featuring Arts and Crafts from local artists, indigenous books and Songhees logo gear.

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Songhees Innovation Centre

Songhees Innovation Centre is a co-working space for Indigenous entrepreneurs, freelancers, creatives, innovators, and problem-solvers based at the Songhees Wellness Centre. The Innovation Centre welcomes Indigenous innovators from any Nation and any line of work including private enterprise, non-profit, and government. The purpose of the Innovation Centre is to foster collaboration between Indigenous innovators and to develop, refine, and launch solutions to issues facing our businesses and our communities today.

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Explore Songhees

The Nation incorporated Songhees Tours Inc. to operate cultural canoe tours and other tourism offerings in the heart of Lək̓ʷəŋən Territory. Look out for our Canoe Tours launch!

Songhees Nation Investment Corporation

Generating economic benefit through ownership, development or leasing of off-reserve properties located in Victoria, Esquimalt and Langford municipalities acquired through an Incremental Treaty Agreement.  An additional two acres of property in Langford was acquired with financing from the First Nations Finance Authority. 

Lekwungen Development Corporation

This Songhees Company is in partnership with Kosampson Development Corporation, owned by Esquimalt Nation, for the purpose of holding lands acquired through the Transport Canada Harbour Divestiture Process.  

The Nation’s Development Corporations formed Limited Partnerships including the following:

  • Xhamasung Holdings LP which owns & operates Salish Seaside RV Park in Westbay Esquimalt 
  • Skungeenes Holdings LLP which owns water lot lease in Plumper Bay, View Royal
  • Mutulia Holdings LP which owns waterfront property in Rockbay, Victoria