On September 16th, four temporary longhouses were raised on Lekwungen territory by Nuu-chah-nulth artist Hjalmer Wenstob, with permission from Songhees and Esquimalt nations. We are grateful for the generous guidance and hospitality of the Lekwungen people, on whose lands we live, work and serve.
The house fronts are the work of Coast Salish, Kwakwaka’wakw, South Pacific and Nuu-chah-nulth youth artists: Sarah Jim, Juliana Speier, Jazzlyn Markowsky, A.J. ‘Thunderstick’ Boersen and James Goldsmith-Brown.
To all that have made this vision a reality: hay’sxʷqa.
We deeply appreciate the time and knowledge of our elders, youth, artists, volunteers, community members, partners and dancers that made this happen.
Mahalo to our key partners MediaNet and Moosehide Campaign, and to our funders the Province of BC, the BC Arts Council, the BC Museums Association Canada 150, Leon and Thea Koerner Award, Capital Regional District, City of Victoria, Indigenous Governance (UVIC), Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives (UVIC), Bayview Place, Government of Canada.
Thank you also to the following local businesses for their support: Themis Security, Victoria Event Services, Rika Design, 100.3 the Q, The Zone 91.3, CFUV Radio, Metropol, Arts Victoria, Pedersen Party Rentals, Van Isle Fencing, Mount Doug High School, Songhees Wellness Centre, Seefood Catering, Victoria Mobile Radio, ReStore – Habitat for Humanity, Royal BC Museum, AGGV, Patagonia, Market on Yates, Oceanriver Sports, SYSCO, Level Ground, Roundhouse Cafe, Sea Cider, Backfit Clinic, Il Terrazzo, The Keg, NBA and Madronna Farms.
We look forward to providing a detailed update about this unprecedented event.
In the meantime, we apologies for any errors in our expression of gratitude.