Lekwungen Walk

Sunday, July 3 2022Mr. Mark Albany, an elder of the Songhees Nation, has graciously offered to lead Congregation Emanu-El on a walking tour of his ancestors’ land, to understand downtown Victoria from a Lekwungen point of view.

The tour provides a unique opportunity to learn something about the Lekwungen way of life pre colonization and the history of displacement of Indigenous peoples, which was the precursor of settler occupation and the creation of the City of Victoria.
Having done the tour with Mark, Ruthi had this to say:

“Extremely powerful – I guarantee it will change your perception of the ‘Truth of Colonization’, and marks a significant step in the process of “Wrestling” with that Truth, something which all of us white settlers need to undertake, if there is to be genuine reconciliation IMO”.

It does take about 2.5 hours and covers almost 2km, so comfortable shoes and weather appropriate dress are recommended. It is not a tour suitable for children 10yrs and under.
The tour is limited to 15, so get yourselves signed up asap. email the office Info@congregationemanuel.ca with “Lekwungen Walk” in the subject line.

When: Sunday 3rd July 10:00am to 12:30pm
Where: Tour begins at the corner of Douglas and Belleville near Mungo Martin House and the totems, ends at the totems on Songhees Road.
Cost: $15 paid in cash. The fee will be collected prior to the beginning of the walk so please remember to bring cash with you.

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Dance for the Children Fundraiser

Dance for ChildrenSaturday, September 29 7:30 – 10:30 pm at Saanich Silver Threads — Get out your dancing shoes and head for the Saanich Silver Threads, 286 Hampton Road, Victoria, BC V8Z 1H1 (near Tillicum Road) and Dance for the Children, a fundraiser for the Albergue Villa Pinal, a collection of buildings located inland from Melaque MX-JAL operated by Asistencia a la Familia, which serve as residences, a school, and a medical clinic for indigenous Mexicans families from the states of Guerrero and Oaxaca who migrate during the winter months to work picking crops in the fields around Melaque.

A number of Victoria residents including Emanu-El members Sid and Jen Tafler support this humanitarian project. To learn more about the project…

Doors will open for Dance for the Children at 7:15 pm, Salsa class at 7:30 pm, dance until 10:30 pm with DJ “Pachanguero”, class with John De Pfyffer, Latin and ballroom music, maybe some live too.  There will be other surprises like a little Zumba with Roz!

Admission is $12.  Please bring finger foods to share.  Food and drinks will also be available for sale.  Donations towards items for a Silent Auction are welcome.  For more information contact Connie at 1-250-709-1935 or email her at 53conn@gmail.com


Walking together: a journey with our indigenous neighbours

Walking togetherOpens Sunday April 8, 2018 at 10:00 am at St. John the Divine — A Program of Learning, Understanding and Respecting the Cultures, Experiences and Aspirations of First Peoples opens at St. John the Divine Anglican Church on Sunday  April 8 at 10:00 am with a  Welcome and Opening Address “Walking Together – Stories and their Telling” by Florence Dick (CRD Liaison, Songhees Wellness Centre).

  • Continues weekly on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm from April 11 to May 9 with a closing session on Sunday May 13 at 10:00 am. For more information
  • To assist with gauging numbers you are asked to register for the Wednesday sessions, at the Church Office in person, by phone (250-383-7192) or email carolann.zenger@stjohnthedivine.bc.ca.