Beecher Bay (SĆIA̸NEW) First Nation’s main community is on Beecher Bay in East Sooke, 30 km southwest of Victoria. They can trace their ancestry to people who spoke several different languages. Historically, the predominant language was Hul’q’umi’num’. The English translation of their name, SĆIA̸NEW means “big fish.” With their strong relationship to the waters of the Salish Sea, they are known as the salmon people. For thousands of years Beecher Bay First Nation peoples have used and occupied the lands and waters of the south coast of Vancouver Island.
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