Reconciliation Session: Understanding the Village

UBCM delegates journeyed through time and across cultures, imagining themselves as members of a Coast Salish family and village, at a daylong workshop held Monday at the Songhees First Nation.

Led by Cowichan elders and residential school survivors, participants were invited into an honest, open and heartfelt exploration of both the social foundations of pre-colonial First Nations life and the disastrous consequences of European contact.

The workshop’s immersive format helped participants gain a deeper, more resonant understanding of the lived history of First Nations over the two centuries, and a chance to take a more active role in healing these relationships.

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