South Island Powwow

Friday, 30 September – The South Island Powwow is an opportunity to recognize Survivors and their families in the spirit of reconciliation. Through song and dance, we will celebrate traditional Indigenous cultures and resiliency.

We believe September 30th is a day to reflect and celebrate our culture. For this reason, we will only be hosting intertribal dance groups, with no competition. We will sing and dance together, not against one another. This is a time to memorialize our past and future. 

We look to hold space and honour our residential school, day school, and 60s scoop Survivors and their families. Celebrate Indigenous cultures that colonization tried to erase, and showcase our strength and resilience. While bringing people together, for celebration and to build bridges amongst all Nations. 

Where: Royal Athletic Park 1014 Caledonia Ave, Victoria, BC, Canada
When: September 30th, 2022

Schedule of Events:

Doors open | 10:00 a.m.
Opening ceremony | 11:00 a.m.
Grand entry | 12:00 p.m.
Intertribal dances
Category dancing
Grand Entry | 6:00 p.m.
Intertribal dances
Category dancing
Retirement of colours | 12:00 a.m.

Cost: Free to attend


Summary of event details

  • Date: September 30, 2022
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Where: Royal Athletic Park 1014 Caledonia Ave, Victoria, BC, Canada
  • Cost: Free to attend
  • Registration: n/a
  • Contact: n/a

Victoria Reconciliation Dialogues

The Victoria Reconciliation Dialogues series returns in person with three new conversations in 2022 that enable the community to participate in reconciliation on Lekwungen territory.

Guided by members of the City Family and special guests, the conversations seek to build the community’s knowledge and understanding of reconciliation — what it is, why it is needed and why community participation in reconciliation is important.

You’re invited to pre-register through Eventbrite to participate in some or all of the Dialogues. The format will vary and may include storytelling, discussion and other forms of learning, with each conversation being approximately 2.5 hours in length. Each Dialogue will include an Indigenous welcome by Florence Dick of the Songhees Nation, and a witness ceremony at the end.

See  victoria.ca/ReconciliationDialogues for more information, and to watch past Dialogues.

Dialogue #5 – Guests of Lekwungen: Urban Indigenous Experiences in Canada

Monday, May 30 from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Victoria Conference Centre, Carson Hall, 2nd Floor
Urban Indigenous people living in Lekwungen territory are not people of the Lekwungen lands. Yet as Indigenous people in Canada, they are often displaced from their own homelands through the process of colonization, including the sixties scoop and other colonial practices. This Dialogue will share stories that highlight the experiences of Urban Indigenous people living in Lekwungen territory and the diversity of Indigenous experience. There will also be live musical performances.

Dialogue #6 – Rethinking Heritage in the Context of Reconciliation

Monday, July 11 from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Victoria Conference Centre, Carson Hall, 2nd Floor 
Victoria has an award-winning heritage conservation program that has retained many of the early settler buildings in the city. At the same time as these buildings were built, Lekwungen heritage was systematically dismantled and erased. This Dialogue will feature members of the Songhees Nation, Esquimalt Nation and City staff who have worked together on the Government Street Refresh project and will explore how to retain and celebrate the city’s colonial-built heritage at the same time as recognizing, honouring and making visible once again Lekwungen culture and land practices. 

Dialogue #7 – Na’tsa’maht: Going Forward Together

Monday, September 12 from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.) Victoria Conference Centre, Carson Hall, 2nd Floor 
Working with the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, in 2017 City Council established the City Family to take a Lekwungen-led approach to reconciliation. In this Dialogue, the City Family will present a Reconciliation Plan to the City and the community to carry on the work of reconciliation for decades to come. Participants will be asked to make a reconciliation commitment of their own. The session will feature Songhees Nation and Esquimalt Nation youth. 


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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.