First Nations & Indigenous relationships

The Township of Esquimalt acknowledges with respect that we are within the Traditional Territories of the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations.

Esquimalt's name is derived from a local First Nations expression "Es-whoy-malth," which means the place of gradually shoaling water.  

New for 2021

British Columbians working to improve relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and organizations could now be honoured for their work with a newly created provincial prize.

The British Columbia Reconciliation Award, announced Nov. 12, is open to Indigenous and non-Indigenous applicants, and will be awarded to an individuals or organization who has shown leadership and commitment to furthering reconciliation. Deadline is January 15, 2021.

Apply for  the British Columbia Reconciliation Award 

Esquimalt council values the relationship with First Nations and has included working with Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations to support economic, cultural, social and environmental opportunities as part of 2019-2023's strategic priorities and goals.

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