The City of Colwood sits on the ancestral lands of the Lekwungen-speaking Coast Salish people. This land is defined by the 1850 Douglas Treaty with the Teechamitsa people.

We are honoured to have the opportunity to build strong working relationships with local Nations based on learning, openness, humility and respect.

We endeavor to walk softly on these ancestral lands of the Xwsepsum and Lekwungen families of the Coast Salish area.

Lekwungen (Songhees)
Xwsepsum (Esquimalt)

What do Colwood kids learn about Indigenous history and culture?

All schools in School District 62 include Indigenous Education as part of the curriculum. The Na'tsa'maht Indigenous Education Program at Royal Bay Secondary School offers students experiences that deepen understanding of Indigenous history, experience and culture. The learning that comes from being guided through activities by Indigenous teachers and elders is about much more than the activity itself. Students learn about living in harmony with the land and the purpose and meaning behind practices like cedar harvesting and weaving, drum making, native plant gardening, traditional dance, crafting, cooking and more.

Read more about Na'tsa'maht Indigenous Education