On May 22, members of the Tsawout (SȾÁUTW) nation, with support from the Songhees and the other local WSÁNEĆ nations, including Tsartlip (WJOȽEȽP), Pauquachin (BOḰEĆEN), Tseycum (WSIKEM), Malahat (MÁLEXEȽ) and allied supporters from the Greater Victoria community, will lead an action to reclaim the original name of PKOLS, now known as Mount Douglas, in what is now known as Victoria, in what is now known as British Columbia.
On May 22, 2013, SȾÁUTW̱ (Tsawout) hereditary chief WEC'KINEM (Eric Pelkey), with support from Songhees and the WSÁNEĆ nations, will lead an action to reclaim the traditional name of PKOLS (formerly known as Mount Douglas).
This action will include:
- a march up PKOLS from the base;
- a re-enactment of the signing of the Douglas Treaty;
- the telling of oral histories and traditional significance of the mountain;
- and the installation of a sign declaring this name reclamation.
ALL NATIONS AND PEOPLE ARE WELCOME! This is a family-friendly, open and inclusive celebration. We invite you to join in supporting local nations to Reclaim, Rename and Reoccupy their traditional Indigenous territories.
On Wednesday, an important event will take place in Victoria in support of the Indigenous Nationhood Movement, "which aims to begin the process of decolonization through reoccupying, renaming and reclaiming traditional indigenous territories." The following statement was issued by organizers of Wednesday's event to reclaim the original name of Mount Douglas.