First Nations

The Craigflower Bridge Replacement Project involves working on land on the traditional territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations. The land at the north end of the Craigflower Bridge is Kosapsum Park, the location of an important village and ceremonial site occupied for thousands of years.

The project’s archaeological consultant, Golder Associates, has been monitoring the construction site for both archaeological and post-contact historical artifacts. Authorization has been obtained from the Provincial Archaeological Branch for the project. Community representatives from Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations are on-site throughout the project and protocols have been established with the spiritual leaders during project planning meetings.

2013 05 10 First Nations PicThe District of Saanich and Town of View Royal feel privileged to work with the First Nations community representatives and elders on this project and are grateful for their assistance in managing the recovery of historical cultural material disturbed by construction. Both municipalities take the finding of First Nations ancestral remains and artifacts very seriously and are ensuring that any findings are handled with due care and respect.

To learn more about the local history of these First Nations communities, please visit: