Cultural Pre-Conference

August 20, 2024

Tickets for the S’TEṈISTOLW̱ Cultural Pre-Conference are available for pre-purchase on July 15, 2023 and registration for specific sessions begins in Spring 2024. All fees will include morning refreshments, lunch, and transportation for any excursions from Songhees Wellness Centre. Registered Conference delegates and those on our email list or Facebook page will be notified when Cultural Pre-Conference registration opens.

Cultural Pre-Conference Agenda | August 20, 2024
08:30 AM – 09:30 AM | Morning Get Together
09:30 AM – 10:00 AM | Welcome and Orientation
10:00 AM – 04:00 PM | Break-Out Sessions

Delegates are offered a day of activities in community and on the beautiful land and waters of Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ territories to ground them in preparation for their work ahead. Activities will range from excursions and workshops centered in local knowledges and histories, to sessions sharing experiences on community and institutional Indigenous education initiatives and programs.

In 2017 sessions on the development of the Wellness Centre and the local language were held and we have been in discussion with some of Songhees’ Language and Innovation team on further ideas to showcase the incredible work the Nation is doing in fields of community-based learning and training. 

Registered delegates will be notified when Cultural Pre-Conference registration opens in Spring 2024. Registration for the Pre-Conference is a separate fee on top of the conference registration that will cover the cost of the activity, food, and transportation on August 20, 2024. Potential activities may include:

  •  Sweatlodge
  • The inception and programs of the Songhees Wellness Centre including Culinary Arts and Language regeneration
  • Whale-Watching with knowledge keepers
  • Beginner canoe-pulling
  • Dance and Drum Workshop
  • Sessions on the development of Indigenous initiatives at local institutions and in community 
  • W̱SÁNEĆ and Lək̓ʷəŋən sites Bus Tours
  • Individual arts workshops on beading, cedar weaving, woolworking
  • Guided Tour of Indigenous galleries at the BC Museum