The Chamber supports actions required for reconciliation, and we applaud the City of Victoria's commitment to helping the Songhees Nation reacquire urban land as part of Treaty negotiations.
"It is a truly historic day, and we look forward to continuing our respectful and valuable relationship to benefit all families who live in Victoria and the surrounding area,” Songhees Nation Chief Ron Sam said in a statement.
Indigenous enterprises are vital to the long-term economic resilience of our region, and The Chamber is working to better include First Nations in the business community. The city has sent the provincial government a letter stating it approves the transfer of three properties to the Songhees. The lands will fall under the jurisdiction of the Nation and no longer be considered part of the municipality.
The properties are: