Orange Shirt Day x One Wave Gathering: First Nations Market at Royal  Beach

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Orange Shirt Day x One Wave Gathering: First Nations Market at Royal Beach

This market will create a chance for the community to participate in and recognize Orange Shirt Day in a socially distanced outdoor setting.

When and where

Date and time


Royal Beach 3483 Metchosin Road Colwood, BC V9C 1Z1 Canada

About this event


The Lək̓ʷəŋən peoples, now known as Songhees Nation and Esquimalt Nation, and Pacific Peoples' Partnership are thrilled to team up and present a First Nations Market down at Royal Beach in honour of Orange Shirt Day.

  • Songhees Events and Catering invite the community down to try both Traditional Bannock and their Bannock Bites - modern twists on Bannock in an assortment of flavours!
  • Pacific Peoples' Partnership has lined up a small selection of local First Nations Artists and Vendors to shop from at the Market as part of their annual One Wave Gathering.
  • Most importantly, there will also a be an Orange Shirt Day Community Mural which members of the community are invited to contribute to in the spirit of remembrance and reconciliation.

Date: Wednesday Sept 30th 2020

Time: 3pm - 6pm


Located at Royal Beach. (3483 Metchosin Rd, Victoria, BC V9C 1Z1) Please come through the gates to the property located at Metchosin Road and Latoria Blvd and plan to park in the upper lot. (Additional parking will be available) The market will take place in the tent just to the right of the LOWER lot, closest to the water!

WEATHER: Please note, that in the event of severe weather this event will be cancelled or postponed. Please check the Royal Beach Social Media Pages for the latest updates!


Please see our COVID Health and Safety Plan below.


Orange Shirt Day (September 30th) is a day when we honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada and learn more about the history of those schools.

On this day of September 30th, we call upon humanity to listen with open ears to the stories of survivors and their families, and to remember those that didn’t make it.

For the full story, please visit:


For the past 13 years, Pacific Peoples' Partnership (PPP) has worked with partners to offer our annual One Wave Gathering, a vibrant celebration of South Pacific and Indigenous cultures on Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territory in Victoria. Past years have seen the Long House Project on the Legislature lawn, a visit from the Vaka Taumako canoe voyaging society, local Lekwungen and South Pacific dance groups, and much more! Mark your calendars and plan to attend some thought-provoking events this fall.

At One Wave Gathering, artists, speakers, and leaders share stories through song, dance, theatre, dialogue, and art. One Wave is a vision articulated by many voices and an opportunity for guests of all ages to learn and interact with Pacific knowledge keepers and artists. This year’s gathering will celebrate allyship and resilience, as communities from the North and South Pacific come together in the spirit of navigating shared waters.

Offerings you may enjoy this fall include opera, theatre, film, pop-up music, workshops, and dialogues. Check out our Opening Ceremony or a virtual tour of our exhibit Together / As One at FLUX Gallery, a display of powerful Indigenous and South Pacific art and stories. And stay tuned to our Facebook page for upcoming workshops and events!

This year will also see the unveiling of the Pacific Peace House Post, a two-year collaboration between Lekwungen carver Bradley Dick and Solomon Islands carver Ake Lianga, at Macaulay Point in Esquimalt.

Due to COVID-19, some events will not be announced in advance, so join us on Facebook to avoid missing out. We hope to see new and familiar faces this year at One Wave!

One Wave Gathering is organized by Pacific Peoples’ Partnership, a local non-profit organization that supports South Pacific and Indigenous community projects. Visit our website for more information or email to get involved.


Songhees Nation strives to achieve Community Vision through good governance, delivering programs and pursuing projects and initiatives for the benefit of the Songhees People.

Vision: A Healthy, Self-Reliant, Progressive Community that Honours Tradition and Culture and Invests in Future Generations

Values: With One Heart and One Mind, we commit to Help one another, to Forgive one another and to Love one another with Respect, Honesty and Courage

Our Families

The Songhees community is comprised of five main families and several smaller families descended from the Lək̓ʷəŋən speaking signatories of the Douglas Treaties in 1850. Traditional governance is by consensus among extended family heads, guided by their families. Today, the community is still guided by consensus among families represented by advisory committees, focus groups and an elected Chief and Council. Referendums and ratification votes are held for important Community decisions.

Our Residents

There are over 1500 tenants residing on Songhees Reserve 1A, in an apartment complex, townhouses, manufactured homes and mobile homes. Many tenants have lived in the community for decades, with the first mobile home parks opening in the early 1960’s.

The Lək̓ʷəŋən People - "This is the community we serve"

Songhees Nation members are Lək̓ʷəŋən People identified as Coast Salish. Songhees has a population of just over 600 with approximately 300 members residing on Songhees Reserve #1A, a 60 hectare reserve located adjacent to the Township of Esquimalt and the Town of View Royal, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, within the Province of British Columbia, Canada.


This market will be adhering to the ORDER OF THE PROVINCIAL HEALTH OFFICER in regards to VENDING MARKETS

  • Market goers must maintain a two metre distance from one another.
  • We have created an environment in the market where customers can practice safe physical distancing. All of our vendor queues are marked with 2 metre separations. Pylons denote the starting points for customer queues at each stall.
  • In particular, people must maintain a two metre distance from one another in line-ups to a market entrance, vendors’ stalls, washrooms and other places where line-ups may occur.
  • Market ambassadors will direct you when you can enter the market area and on the directional flow of the market area to ensure sufficient space for distancing.
  • Customers are to not handle products before they are bought. Customers must ask the vendor to assemble the items they wish to purchase.
  • Customers are to approach a vendor stall only after the previous customer has concluded their transaction and the vendor calls on them.
  • We have asked our vendors, where feasible, to utilize cashless payment systems.
  • We have made our vendors aware that they are expected to follow the BC CDC guidelines for markets that pertain to their business. We have also reminded vendors:
    • Stay at home if you are not feeling well
    • Practice physical distancing while at market
    • Vendors to follow BC CDC guidelines that pertain to their business
    • Vendor tables will be spaced 2m apart
    • Vendors to wear face covering or mask when possible
    • Vendors to handle items for customers (customers should not be touching items until the transaction has been processed)
    • Vendors to sanitize payment operating systems between customer
    • Vendors, where feasible, to utilize cashless payment systems.
  • We provide access to two washrooms, a hand cleansing station, and hand sanitizer throughout the market.
  • There will be signs posted reminding market goers to sanitize their hands and keep their distance.
  • We have implemented enhanced frequency of cleaning and disinfection of high touch surfaces within the market.
  • Picnic Tables will be spaced at least 2 metres apart.
  • There can be no more than 6 people seated at a table, and there will be signs to remind people of this.
  • We ask customers to do shorter shopping trips at the market to prevent congregating
  • As in all cases, people are reminded to stay home if they have COVID, have any symptoms, have been in contact with anyone with COVID, or have been told to self isolate.