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Job Posting: Treaty Youth Ambassador

September 4, 2019 — Reports to: Treaty Office Clerks/Negotiators Salary Scale: $13.85/hour Open to Ages: 13-18 (13-15 must have parent/guardian consent) Posting Close Date: August 1, 2019 Available Positions: 1 position for 3 weeks Songhees Nation is still looking for one bright energetic individual to fill the positions of Youth Treaty Ambassador. Are you curious about the treaty process? Enthusiastic and willing to learn?...

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Job Posting: Early Childhood Centre Food Program Support

September 3, 2019 — JOB TITLE: Early Childhood Centre Food Program Support Reports to: ELC Manager/Director of Education Salary Scale: TBD/Hourly Department: Education Deadline: July 26th 2019 The Early Childhood Educator is responsible for delivering programs of activities and opportunities that promote cultural, physical, emotional, intellectual and social growth for children aged 3-5. The position is responsible for aiding children in exploring interests in...

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Job Posting: Early Childhood Educator

September 3, 2019 — Early Leaming Centre: Permanent full-time position Reports to: ELC Manager/Director of Education Salary Scale: TBD/Hourly Department: Education Deadline: July 26th, 2019  The Early Childhood Educator is responsible for delivering programs of activities and opportunities that promote cultural, physical, emotional, intellectual and social growth for children aged 3-5. The position is responsible for aiding children in exploring interests, developing talents, building self-esteem...

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Camosun to honour Songhees with prestigious Board of Governors Award for Innovation and Community Partnership

April 4, 2019 — The Board of Governors of Camosun College is pleased to announce that the Songhees Nation is the recipient of the 2019 Award for Innovation and Community Partnership. “The partnership between Camosun College and Songhees is long-term, special and multi-faceted,” says Camosun Board Chair Ron Rice. “On behalf of the Board of Governors, I am very pleased that Songhees Nation will...

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Songhees Nation serves up traditional recipes, and hits the streets of Victoria in a food truck

August 19, 2018 — A new culinary arts program offered through the Songhees Nation is bringing traditional Indigenous recipes back into the kitchen.  "We just did a big event last month, where we worked with stinging nettle, and we made the dressing, and there were soups, so we're bringing back a lot of the traditional foods that the elders remember," said head baker Rachel...

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Camosun College partnership

March 29, 2018 — Culinary arts dream comes true with Songhees Sam Charlie is eager to bring his passion for cooking to culinary arts training at the Songhees Wellness Centre. The 33-year-old is one of 24 Indigenous students who will be involved in a new project bringing together the Songhees Nation and Camosun College. Funding of $655,000 over two years for the project was announced...

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Use of Lekwungen place names

March 21, 2018 — New direction signs being installed in downtown Victoria will feature both Lekwungen and English geographic names. The first of 11 large signs in Phase 1 of the plan was unveiled Wednesday next to Victoria’s Visitor Information Centre, accompanied by a blessing from Esquimalt Nation elder Mary Ann Thomas. Read more here.  

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Songhees Benefit from Aboriginal Tourism Initiatives

March 5, 2018 — The Songhees Nation now has a gift shop in the Steamship Building and are offering canoe, boat & walking tours that explain the history of the area. The Songhees Wellness Centre also employs First Nations people and offers food services for events & convention. The centre is open to the public.

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Butch Dick - Bridging Worlds

April 17, 2017 — Butch Dick of Victoria, B.C. has lead an inspiring life as a First Nation’s educator, activist, and artist. STORYHIVE supports compelling, original stories told by filmmakers from BC and Alberta by providing production funding, training and exposure to new audiences.

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Joan Morris - Heart Of Chatham Island

December 21, 2016 — Joan Morris is a Songhees elder who lived on Chatham Island (T’ches) until 1957 when the well went dry. She’s a Survivor of the Residential Schools and has been an advocate for Residential School Survivors and Indian Hospital Survivors. Joan shares her memories and takes us on a tour of Chatham island. This film was created as part of the...

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First Nations Tax Commission

November 28, 2016 — The FNTC undertook a video project profiling First Nations to celebrate their successes in using property taxation to build their economies and generate revenues. The intent was to revisit the past 25 years of First Nation property taxation in Canada and allow First Nations themselves to share how property taxation has impacted their community and what it means to them....

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Elder Elmer Seniemten George

June 30, 2016 — Seniemten, who is also known as Elmer George, is an elder in the Songhees First Nation and one of the last remaining speakers of Lekwungen. He now teaches the language to younger generations and will receive an honorary degree at Royal Roads University. Read more here.  

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Songhees Nation Food Truck

June 14, 2016 — Shaw TV's Dan Kahan meets Gary Henry to discuss Gary's dream of one day owning his own food truck. Plus we see the Songhees Nation's first food truck.

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Songhees Food Truck

May 17, 2016 — Shaw TV's Dan Kahan hosts go! from the first Songhees Nation food truck, Songhees Seafood & Steam.

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Lekwungen Dancers perform Prayer song

June 22, 2015 — Lekwungen traditional dancers performing the Prayer song at the Royal BC Museum during the Aboriginal Cultural Festival in Victoria, BC 2015.

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Lekwungen Traditional Dancers perform Paddle Welcome song

June 21, 2015 — Lekwungen traditional dancers performing the Paddle welcome song at the Royal BC Museum during the Aboriginal Cultural Festival in Victoria, BC 2015.

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Songhees Wellness Centre Official Opening

January 22, 2014 — After eight years of planning, countless community consultations and $24 million in strategic financing, the Songhees Wellness Centre will open officially Wednesday with a ceremony honouring everyone involved. "Our people wanted something to call their own, a gathering space, but it's become more than that," said Chief Ron Sam, in the office wing of the new building that overlooks a...

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Songhees Wellness Centre a community success story

January 20, 2014 — “Our people wanted something to call their own, a gathering space, but it’s become more than that,” said Chief Ron Sam, in the office wing of the new building that overlooks a stunning seaside panorama. He said the centre encompasses wellness: physical, cultural, spiritual and financial. The centre at 1100 Admirals Rd. brings the band’s previously scattered administrative offices together....

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The Unity Wall

January 8, 2014 — Students from nearby elementary schools experienced local First Nations culture firsthand with tours of the painting area and the mural on the Ogden Point breakwater.

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Carving House Posts with Songhees Nation

March 26, 2013 — Shaw TV's Jen Muranetz finds out what it takes to carve House Posts for the new Songhees Wellness Centre. It takes more than just carving...telling the story is also very important.

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Songhees' New Wellness Centre

March 13, 2013 — The Songhees Nation has a new wellness centre that will provide health, rec rooms and places to meet for the community. Shaw TV's Sucheta Singh reports.

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Songhees Nation - FNFMB Certification and Economic Development

August 17, 2012 — Christina Clarke, the Property Tax Administrator for the Songhees Nations describes working with the First Nations Financial Management Board (FNFMB) and working toward FNFMB certification. Christina describes how certification has positioned Songhees to improve capacity, enhance accountability to members and stakeholders and to participate in the economy. For more information on Songhees Nation, check their website at www.songheesnation.ca For more...

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Implementing the First Nations Fiscal and Statistical Management Act

April 23, 2012 — Christina Clarke, the Property Tax Administrator for Songhees Nation delivers a presentation on working with the FNFMB towards certification. Songhees Nation is a small community located within the greater Victoria, BC area. The long term goals of Songhees are to become more visible players in the local economy and to follow through with their economic development plans. One of their...

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Bradley Dick - TedX Talk

January 14, 2012 — Bradley started the event off with a traditional welcome to the Lekwungen territory, where the event was held and shared a few words in his Lekwungen language. Bradley also walks us through a brief exercise passed down from one generation to the next and teaches us a song. Bradley Dick is Walas Kwagul, Lekwungen, Ditidaht First Nations, he is an...

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The Signs of Lekwungen

January 1, 2008 —   Created in 2008, The Signs of Lekwungen consist of seven unique site markers that designate culturally significant sites to the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations along the Inner Harbour and surrounding areas. The markers are bronze castings of original cedar carvings that were conceptualized and carved by Coast Salish artist and master carver, Butch Dick. Each marker is about 2.5...

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Lekwungen Then & Now

January 1, 1999 — In this booklet you will have the opportunity to discover something of the richness of the culture, the strength of the connection with the earth and the ancestors, and the importance of strong Elders in helping bridge these worlds. They are the most visible connection with the traditions and gifts of the creator and the ancestors. Old people have consistently asked their families...

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