Chief Harvey Underwood recalled histories of our communities camping and harvesting fish, crabs, shellfish and other foods. Eric Pelkey shared histories of how this place was the centre of the South Saanich treaty of 1852 which promised to set aside our village site, but was never fulfilled. Simon Smith Jr. reminded us of the care and respect needed when dealing with our ancestors, which have often been disturbed by developments in Cordova Bay.
The meeting provided a place for our leadership and Elders to inform the District of Saanich on our values, histories, perspectives, and territories at this important site. The Mayor Fred Haynes of Saanich and his entire council, all the heads of Saanich’s Departments, and their senior staff all attended the meeting, along with our Elders and invited community members.
We are looking forward to further consultations with our communities about how our histories and connections to ȾEL¸IȽĆ and Cordova Bay can be acknowledged and commemorated, and our treaty rights be recognized an implemented through the future Cordova Bay Local Area Plan.