OBH Aboriginal Education

A New Future Together

“A strong new relationship with First Nations is critical to the future for all Canadians and for those of us who work, live, and study in Oak Bay. In fall 2015, the Community Association of Oak Bay and its partners, Greater Victoria School District #61 and the District of Oak Bay, along with the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations raised a 20-foot-tall “Welcome Pole” at the newly-completed Oak Bay High School to symbolize a new beginning between our students and community, and the Songhees and Esquimalt (Lekwungen) people, whose traditional territory includes Oak Bay. Designed by Songhees master carver, Butch Dick (Yuxwelupten), and carved by his son, Clarence Dick (Wa’shk), the pole is called Sno’uyutth—“spreading good energy” in the Lekwungen language. Sno’uyutth recognizes the history, culture and traditions of the Songhees and esquimalt people, promotes mutual respect and understanding between our communities, and supports our new future together. It stands at a main gateway to the municipality.” (quoted from the Oak Bay High School Sno’uyutth Pole Brochure)