Terry Dance Bennink
Songhees First Nation

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Story & Experience

I stood in silence and thanked the land and felled trees for offering me a home, despite their suffering.

Why this Place?

Songhees First Nation

The Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations once lived on this land for millennium along with towering ancient mother trees.  Now it is vacant uncared for land awaiting a condo development for settlers.  I left a piece of bread as a tiny token of my grief and remorse for the actions of my ancestors.  May it nourish the birds and earth now.


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