Webcast & Online Survey: Victoria Reconciliation Dialogue #1 - Lekwungen Knowledge and the Land

DIALOGUE #1 - Archived Webcast & Online Survey

If you attended Dialogue #1: Lekwungen Knowledge and the Land, tuned in to our live webcast or take the opportunity to watch the archived webcast, please share your feedback by completing this short survey by midnight on October 7, 2019.

A Series of Community Conversations

The public is invited to participate in the Victoria Reconciliation Dialogues, a six-part series of conversations that will enable the community to explore together what Reconciliation could look like on Lekwungen territory.

Guided by members of Lekwungen Nations and the City Family, Mayor Lisa Helps, members of City Council and special guests, the conversations will seek to build the community’s knowledge and understanding of Reconciliation – what it is, why it is needed, and why community conversations about Reconciliation are important.

“We are convening the Victoria Reconciliation Dialogues in order for the community to have important conversations,” said Mayor Lisa Helps. “We’ll be talking about what it means to have built a city on someone else’s homelands, about newcomers and reconciliation, about the role of historical monuments like the Sir John A. Macdonald statue, and about youth envisioning our future.”

Over the next 11 months, the Victoria Reconciliation Dialogues will provide opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to come together to share their ideas and stories, and explore how we as a community can make the culture, history and modern reality of local Indigenous Peoples become present and apparent throughout the city, and understood and valued in people’s everyday lives.

Coming Up Next

The second conversation, Dialogue #2: The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) and the City, will take place on Monday, November 18, 2019 from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. approx. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) at Victoria City Hall. Guided by Brianna Dick and Mayor Lisa Helps, this conversation will provide an overview of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, known as UNDRIP, and will engage participants in reflecting on the UNDRIP as it relates to their own work and everyday lives, as well as to the work of the City in Reconciliation with the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations and urban Indigenous Peoples.                 

The format of the conversations will vary and may include storytelling, discussion and other forms of Indigenous learning. As the sharing of personal stories can trigger strong emotions, a counsellor will be on hand at each conversation. 

The Victoria Reconciliation Dialogues series is free to attend and all are welcome. Free childminding will be available (up to two hours) and complimentary refreshments will be provided.

The Victoria Reconciliation Dialogues will build on the City’s Witness Reconciliation Program, established in 2017 to bring together Indigenous representatives from both the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations as well as urban Indigenous Peoples, Mayor Lisa Helps, and representatives from City Council and staff, forming a group called the City Family.


Learn more and register to attend some or all of the conversations.

NOTE: The Dialogue series will be webcast and recorded for a documentary program.