‘Uy’ skweyul! (“Good day”)
We recognize our studio operates on traditional Lək̓ʷəŋən territory. This land and harbour with all its natural resources allowed these Indigenous People to thrive for thousands of years. Because of colonization these vibrant cultures have been displaced.
Less than a kilometre from our studio is xwsзyq’әm (whu-SEI-kum “place of mud” - the Lower Causeway in the Inner Harbour) which was the site of an amazing clam bed that was buried and destroyed in order to construct the Empress Hotel (built 1904-1908).
Acknowledging this uncomfortable history of destruction for colonial expansion gives us perspective and encourages us to learn better respect for the land, water and Indigenous People here.
We humbly thank the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations for the honour of being of service to this area with quality and safe piercing services.
Huy ch q’u (“Thank you”) and Stay Shiny!