Land Acknowledgement

All of us who live, work and play here in Victoria, we’d like to gratefully acknowledge that we are on the ancestral and unceded territories of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations and also the WSANEC (wh-say-nuch) peoples of the Pauquachin (paw-kwi-chin), Tsartlip (sart-lip), Tseycum (say-come) and Tsawout (say-out) First Nations.

Swing Dancing Acknowledgement

The Swing Dance Association of Victoria advocates for and promotes Swing Dancing, an African American art form, originating in the early 1900s and inextricably linked to the history of the slave trade. The Africans who were sold or taken into slavery brought their culture with them. Black people have nurtured their culture in the harshest of conditions, and created, and continue to create, many transcendent art forms, including swing dance. As guests in this art form, we strive to keep the history and culture of its originators and keepers in mind. We encourage you to learn more about the culture and history of swing dancing as you journey within this space. (adapted from B’ham Hop’s History Acknowledgement)