NIC and Royal Roads University have signed a new transfer agreement, guaranteeing third-year seats for NIC students after they finish one of six NIC credentials. (Photo courtesy of Royal Roads University)

Esquimalt Nation and Royal Roads agree to framework for land use

Rick Stiebel

News Staff

Esquimalt Nation and Royal Roads University have signed a historic agreement that builds the framework for the disposition of the Department of National Defence land where the university is located.

The agreement, similar to the one RRU signed with the Songhees Nation in 2018, addresses the common interests of all parties involved in the disposition of DND lands that includes the university and Hatley Park. The DND, Songhees Nation and Esquimalt Nation have publicly committed to ensuring Royal Roads will continue as a university in its current location in Colwood.

“Heritage and culture are essential to the Esquimalt Nation, and include the Sacred Trust, the ceremonies, the traditions, and the arts of the Nation,” Esquimalt Nation lead Coun. Rob Thomas said in a news release on Wednesday. The Esquimalt Nation culture is tied to and sustained by our lands, and we must find new ways to give it voice. Therefore, we enter into this agreement with the best intentions to work in a collaborative, productive, but most importantly, ecologically sustainable way.”

READ ALSO: Collaboration key for new president at Royal Roads University

RRU president and vice-chancellor Philip Steenkamp said the agreement is similar to the one signed with the Songhees Nation because it defines parameters for all parties to work together in the spirit of collaboration. “We will continue to work with Esquimalt Nation to gather and share information regarding the important history and ecology of these lands. Together we will define the boundaries of the campus lands for the university’s continued and successful operation.,” Steenkamp noted in the release.

Hatley Park and RRU are located on the traditional lands of the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. The lands that previously included a Royal Military College are currently owned by Canada and managed by the DND.

RRU leases its campus from Canada pursuant to a long-term prepaid lease, with 80 years remaining in the term. DND has previously determined the lands are no longer required for its needs and entered into nation to nation discussions with the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations about the property’s future in 2016.

rick.stiebel@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Sooke’s ‘Stonehenge’ gets a rocky reception

Structure intended to accommodate memorial plaques

Sooke district under fire for zoning debacle

Saseenos Veterinary Clinic may have to pay twice for rezoning

Central Saanich strawberry farmer reports bumper crop

Strawberry season could last well into October

GoodLife marathon helps enrich lives, share stories

Seniors’ care one of many causes supported by GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon

Colwood square dancing open house to welcome in new dancers

“It’s therapy,” said long-time square dancer Linda Townsend

VIDEO: Greater Victoria, here’s the news you missed this weekend

Tragic bus crash, Pacific FC win and Terry Fox runs

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

Federal party leaders address gun violence after weekend shooting near Toronto

One teen was killed and five people injured in the shooting

Scheer makes quick campaign stop in Comox

Conservative leader highlights tax promises early in campaign

Conservatives promise tax cut that they say will address Liberal increases

Scheer says the cut would apply to the lowest income bracket

B.C. VIEWS: Cutting wood waste produces some bleeding

Value-added industry slowly grows as big sawmills close

Fewer trees, higher costs blamed for devastating downturn in B.C. forestry

Some say the high cost of logs is the major cause of the industry’s decline in B.C.

Federal food safety watchdog says batch of baby formula recalled

The agency says it’s conducting a food safety investigation

Coming Home: B.C. fire chief and disaster dog return from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

The pair spent roughly one week on Great Abaco Island assisting in relief efforts

Most Read