Coming to Gather Again open to all community members 

Unceded lək̓ʷəŋən territory, Victoria BC – Songhees Nation is proud to invite the Greater Victoria community to the inaugural South Island Powwow on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR), in partnership with the City of Victoria. 

The NDTR, also known as Orange Shirt Day, was declared a federal statutory holiday in 2021 and is a day to recognize and honour Indian Residential School survivors and the children who did not survive.  

This year, alongside multiple community partners, Songhees Nation is hosting the first Coming to Gather Again community powwow in more than twenty years.  

“We are pleased to be hosting this important event to honour Survivors and the children who died at Residential Schools,” said Chief Ron Sam.  “It’s an opportunity to come together in ceremony, to invite the larger community as has been our custom since time immemorial.  While there is still more work to be done, we would like to take the day to gather together again in a day of unity and alliance.  We hope all families will take this chance to join us and reflect on the importance of this day.”  


Communications Contact – Songhees Nation 

Samantha Dean  

(250) 386-1043 ext. 210