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səwəyələq - Diane Sam

2024 Impact Speaker səwəyələq - Diane Sam


Songhees Nation

səwəyələq is a Songhees Nation community member. She has devoted much of time to working in the Education field as a First Nations Education Assistant. Diane has been an avid lək̓ʷəŋiʔnəŋ learner and is very eager to keep learning. She is the former team leader of the Songhees Cultural Centre and feels that working at the Centre sparked a light into digging into the culture and language of her homelands. She is passionate about sharing information about the territory when the opportunity arises. Diane is currently the Community Engagement Manager at the First People’s house at UVic.

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Destination Greater Victoria is honoured to be based on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples of the Songhees Nation and the Esquimalt Nation, whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.