Community Description

The Songhees or Songish, also known as the Lekwungen or Lekungen, are an indigenous North American Coast Salish people who reside on southeastern Vancouver Island, British Columbia in the Greater Victoria area. Located adjacent to the Township of Esquimalt and the Town of View Royal. The community is comprised of five main families and several smaller families. Administration and Governance is under the authority of an elected Chief and Council.

Treaty or Tribal Association

Te'mexw Treaty Association

Economic Development Background

Songhees First Nation's current economic development activities include land leases, off reserve land holdings, industrial marine construction company, gift shop, cultural tours of the Songhees Islands and convention/meeting centre. They are looking to connect with solar power generation, tourism, retail trade, security and more.

Community Details:

Vancouver Island & Coast
Formerly Songhees (Variation Songhish); Includes Swengwhung Tribe, Whyomilth Tribe,Teechamitsa Tribe, Che-Ko-Nein Tribe And Chilcowitch Tribe (All Part Of Douglas Treaty (1850))
Lkwungen Malchosen Semiahmoo SENĆOŦEN T’Sou-ke
West Coast (Nanaimo)
138.1 hectares

Contact Details:

Christina Clarke Executive Director
(250) 386-1043
(250) 386-4161
1500A Admirals Rd. Victoria, BC, Canada V9A 2R1
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