District Indigenous Education Resources

Saanich Schools SD63

School District No. 63 (Saanich) resides on the traditional territory of the W̱SÁNEĆ people encompassing the five local communities: BO,ḰE,ĆEN (Pauquachin), MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat), W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip), W̱,SIKEM (Tseycum), and S,ȾAUTW̱ (Tsawout). We acknowledge and thank the W̱SÁNEĆ people on whose traditional territory we live, learn, and teach. The W̱SÁNEĆ people have lived and worked on this land since time immemorial.

School District No. 63 (Saanich) is committed to providing an education for W̱SÁNEĆ , First Nations, Inuit and Métis students in ways that enable them to retain their identity and pride in their heritage and, at the same time, gain respect for the diverse cultures presented in schools today.

Through the Education Enhancement Agreement, School District No. 63 (Saanich) continues to recognize and honour the historical importance of the preservation of the language and culture of the W̱SÁNEĆ people.

It recognizes SENĆOŦEN as the principle First Nations language of the Saanich territory and continues to support programs and curricula that build deeper understandings of the W̱SÁNEĆ culture, values, and history.