W̱SÁNEĆ community members provide an Indigenous perspective on reconciliation.


W̱SÁNEĆ community members have been featured in a new website aimed at providing an Indigenous perspective on reconciliation. Shown above: PENÁ Elliott with three student volunteer alumni who spearheaded the Taking Reconcili-Action project. The “Taking Reconcili-Action” project began with student volunteers from the BC Heritage Fairs Society interviewing members of the W̱SÁNEĆ First Nation. The project has culminated in an accessible online resource about meaningful reconciliation, from a W̱SÁNEĆ perspective. Several W̱SÁNEĆ community members are featured, including  J’SIṈTEN (Dr. John Elliott), a well-known mentor and SENĆOŦEN teacher; Chris Paul, the contemporary Salish Artist; the work of Sarah Jay, [...]

W̱SÁNEĆ community members provide an Indigenous perspective on reconciliation.2020-09-02T18:50:29+00:00

Youth build and will launch reef net, this summer


13 W̱SÁNEĆ youth in the community are working diligently to construct a culturally accurate reef net to launch just off Pender Island later this summer. Shown above: the youth have completed constructing the lead portion of the Reef Net. The Youth Reef Net program is a program created by the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council to facilitate knowledge transfer from Elder to Youth, promote W̱SÁNEĆ culture and provide employment opportunities within the community. The youth reef net project is led by youth coordinator and acclaimed local athlete, Landon Underwood. Together, 13 youth ranging in ages from 17-26, have researched, sourced [...]

Youth build and will launch reef net, this summer2020-08-10T17:34:35+00:00

WLC Forms New Entity, Announces Logo Contest, Employment Opportunities


The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council is pleased to announce the creation of a new entity that will be able to provide economic opportunities for W̱SÁNEĆ community members.  After months of research and hard work, the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council has partnered with Sangan Resource Management (SRM) to create a new business entity, K’ENES Transportation. Leveraging SRM’s expertise in engineering, logistics and experience in environmental stewardship, K’ENES is working on securing long term, stable contracts on Vancouver Island and the lower mainland.  K’ENES Transportation will be providing trucking and hauling starting this fall. This business will allow us to support organizations [...]

WLC Forms New Entity, Announces Logo Contest, Employment Opportunities2020-08-12T23:31:45+00:00

The Douglas Treaties


The Douglas Treaties are a complex topic that affects the lives of W̱SÁNEĆ people every day. While W̱SÁNEĆ people know what really happened, we have to consider both the written and oral versions of the Douglas Treaties. The pages of one of the Douglas treaties, this one covering lands from Esquimalt Harbour to Point Albert along Juan de Fuca Strait. The written version of the Douglas Treaties recognizes specific W̱SÁNEĆ rights, they have been used by W̱SÁNEĆ people to win many legal battles, and they continue to be the subject of discussions with the Federal Government today. However, [...]

The Douglas Treaties2020-07-20T21:02:09+00:00

Community Profile: W̱SÁNEĆ’s Beangka Elliott


As part of our mandate, the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council regularly features W̱SÁNEĆ community members who work to enhance recognition and respect for W̱SÁNEĆ culture. Beangka is a WSÁNEĆ traditional knowledge holder dedicated to sharing the cultural knowledge that has been passed down to her. Beangka Elliott is passionate about community work, social justice, Indigenous food systems, land stewardship, consent-based practices, and collective decision making. Her work is grounded in her cultural values and decolonial learning. The daughter of master carver Charles Elliott (Tsartlip First Nation) and Myrna Crossley (Songhees and Esquimalt Nations), Beangka grew up in Tsartlip, immersed [...]

Community Profile: W̱SÁNEĆ’s Beangka Elliott2020-07-10T20:58:15+00:00

Environmental Remediation and Monitoring Opportunity


Environmental Remediation and Monitoring Opportunity JOB DESCRIPTION The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council has created an opportunity for a W̱SÁNEĆ person interested in Environmental Remediation and Monitoring. The work to take place this summer involves the remediation of ḰEL,SET (Reay) Creek. This position is not the same as a Cultural Monitor. Between mid-July and mid-September, Transport Canada will be working to remove pollutants from the creek and pond. The Environmental Monitor Assistant will monitor the remediation work to ensure that W̱SÁNEĆ environmental interests are considered. The successful candidate will have the ability to share information and receive on the [...]

Environmental Remediation and Monitoring Opportunity2020-07-07T22:58:04+00:00

Youth Employment Opportunity


W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council - Youth Employment Opportunity Job Description: Six Youth Reef Net Workers Date Posted: June 30, 2020 Due Date: July 8, 2020 Application Details: Please send resume and cover letter to Gord Elliott, Director of Operations ( by due date JOB DESCRIPTION As an organization focused on self-determination, the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council promotes the W̱SÁNEĆ culture, traditional practices, and SENĆOŦEN language, including the original W̱SÁNEĆ management of the environment as it was meant to be. The WLC also seeks to promote sustainable and equitable development of resources within W̱SÁNEĆ Territory. One of the projects the [...]

Youth Employment Opportunity2020-07-07T22:59:09+00:00

A history of the airport


The WLC is currently in discussions with Transport Canada and the Victoria Airport Authority to pursue economic opportunities for W̱SÁNEĆ people, a meaningful role for W̱SÁNEĆ decision-making, and improved care for the environment on lands currently occupied by the Victoria International Airport. The large parcel of land in the middle of the Saanich Peninsula (blue) is owned by Transport Canada and leased by the Victoria Airport Authority.  The nearly 1200 acres of land owned by Transport Canada lies directly between the W̱SÁNEĆ villages and prevents W̱SÁNEĆ people from exercising their rights and sacred responsibilities in this region. Many [...]

A history of the airport2020-06-24T19:28:39+00:00

Community Profile: W̱SÁNEĆ’s ŚW̱,XELOSELWET Tiffany Joseph


As part of our mandate, the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council regularly features W̱SÁNEĆ community members who work to enhance recognition and respect for W̱SÁNEĆ culture. ŚW̱,XELOSELWET (Tiffany Joseph)--meaning “Camera Lady” in SENĆOŦEN--is a trained filmmaker, an experienced environmental steward and advocate, a SENĆOŦEN language learner, a writer, a teacher, and an astrologer. The history of W̱SÁNEĆ people’s self-advocacy has inspired her to learn and practice the W̱SÁNEĆ ways of life her elders and ancestors fought for her, while also doing whatever she can to provide those same opportunities to her children and future W̱SÁNEĆ generations. ŚW̱,XELOSELWET was given [...]

Community Profile: W̱SÁNEĆ’s ŚW̱,XELOSELWET Tiffany Joseph2020-09-02T19:03:43+00:00

Four Stories Of How Things Came To Be


The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council, as part of the work to reinstate W̱SÁNEĆ Natural Laws, is working with Elders to capture W̱SÁNEĆ Creation stories. Once captured, these stories are then transcribed and translated into English with two goals.  The first goal is to create a comprehensive repository of culture, language, history and law for future generations. The second goal is to articulate and apply the Natural Laws in policies made throughout W̱SÁNEĆ territory. This work of compiling W̱SÁNEĆ Natural Laws began 40 years ago through the hard work of W̱SÁNEĆ Elders. To learn more about this work, the W̱SÁNEĆ [...]

Four Stories Of How Things Came To Be2020-05-21T21:54:19+00:00