In 2015, the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada made clear that municipalities like the City of Victoria have a key role to play in reconciliation. Reconciliation is about more than words. It must also include actions.
About the Reconciliation Contribution Fund
In 2022, the City of Victoria established the Reconciliation Contribution Fund. This fund allows anyone to contribute a voluntary amount to the Songhees Nation and Esquimalt Nation.
People have asked for a way for Victoria citizens to make contributions towards reconciliation. Songhees Nation and Esquimalt Nation will use the fund to achieve the goals and aims of their communities.
The City has contributed a $200,000 Reconciliation Grant. In addition to the grant, individuals may contribute to the fund. Contributions aim to recognize that wealth generated by the City and its residents comes from the lands and waters of the lәkwәŋәn (Lekwungen) peoples. This wealth includes property ownership and associated taxes.
The Reconciliation Contribution Fund and the Reconciliation Grant are a way for the City and its residents to take part in reconciliation.
How Does the Fund Work
Anyone who lives on Lekwungen lands has the option to contribute to the Reconciliation Contribution Fund.
The property tax notice that property owners receive with their tax notice each spring will include information about the Reconciliation Contribution Fund. Victoria property owners have the option to contribute an amount equal to 5% or 10% of your property taxes or another amount of your choosing.
This voluntary contribution is made separately from your annual property tax payment. The full value of your voluntary contribution will be provided directly to the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations.
Ways to Contribute
Reminder to Property Tax Payers
Your voluntary contribution to the Reconciliation Contribution Fund must be separate from your Property Tax payment. The two amounts cannot be combined into one payment. At this time, an official donation receipt for tax purposes will not be issued for your contribution to the Fund.