For many thousands of years, First Nations people have sought to walk gently on this land, their relationship with the land is at the centre of their lives and spirituality. They offered assistance to the first European travellers to this territory and shared their knowledge for survival in what was at times a harsh climate. We seek a new relationship with the Original Peoples of this land, one based in honour and deep respect.
In our revitalization of the May Day tradition, we recognize and acknowledge the QayQayt and the Kwikwetlem First Nations, as well as the Coast Salish Peoples, on whose traditional and unceded territories we gather and celebrate, and we are grateful for their stewardship of this land throughout the ages.
Learn more about the history of May Day here.