The District of Oak Bay in partnership with the Songhees Nation and The Robert Bateman Centre present:
In 1916 an English visitor by the name of Alice Lisle spent a year in Oak Bay staying with friends at the Oak Bay Boat House. During her visit she took photographs of Songhees village sites on Discovery and Chatham Islands and of First Nation entrepreneurs and residents around the harbour of Victoria.
In 2016, the Songhees Nation and Robert Bateman Centre worked together to incorporate these rare photographs in an exhibit called Resilience of the People: A Visual History of the Traditional Territory of the Lekwungen/Songhees People. This exciting exhibit is now on display at the Oak Bay Municipal Hall, August 1 to 31st, 2017.
The exhibit covers a visual history of what is now Greater Victoria, the Songhees First Nation’s traditional territory. Visitors will discover the complexities of the lands around them, and witness how the Songhees’ resilient relationship to the conditions of their ancestral lands has changed, including how their relationship has developed up to the present day.
The exhibit is open from August 1 to August 31, 2017 at the Oak Bay Municipal Hall, Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.
The exhibit will also be open during the Oak Bay Night Market on Wednesday, August 9th 4-8pm and on Saturday, August 19th 10am-4pm to celebrate Oak Bay’s Arts & Culture Week.