National Day for Truth & Reconciliation


• Cyclists of all ages and abilities are invited to meet at 10 a.m. at Songhees Park in Vic West for the Capital Bike Reconciliation Day ride. After a speech by Diane Sam, the ride will proceed over the Johnson Street Bridge, culminating at the South Island Powwow at Royal Athletic Park in time for the grand entry. The Songhees First Nation has organized a free bike valet at the powwow for the cyclists.

• ReconciliACTION Oak Bay hosts a ceremony in front of the Sno’uyutth Welcome Pole on the grounds of Oak Bay High School at 9:30 a.m.

• Gates open at 10 a.m. and an opening ceremony will start at 11 a.m. for the Songhees First Nation Powwow at Royal Athletic Park. Grand entries are set for noon and 6 p.m., followed by dances.

• Xe Xe Smun’ Eem-Victoria Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters Ceremony starts at 10 a.m. in Victoria’s ­Centennial Square. The ceremony will include a welcome by Tsartlip Nation Elder May Sam, a land acknowledgement by Songhees Nation member Brianna Bear, speakers and performances, along with a minute of silence to remember the children who did not survive residential schools.

• 'Sou-ke Truth for Reconciliation hosts a ceremony outside the new Vancouver Island Regional Library, 6671 Wadams Way in Sooke, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., with Scott Sam leading the Amber Academy's Drum for the Children and opportunities to sign up for action groups.

• Healing Nation by director Jamuna Galay-Tamang and producer Symbia Barnaby will be shown to the public in honour of Truth and Reconciliation Day.  The event, put on byThe Support Network for Indigenous Women and Women of Colour, a Victoria-based non-profit, will also include traditional music. It runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas St. in Victoria. Tickets by donation (suggested $15). For more information, see the Truth Before Reconciliation Eventbrite page.

• The Art of Reconciliation Exhibition is at the B.C. Legislature Hall of Honours until Oct. 14. Open weekdays to visitors from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Sept. 30 from noon to 4 p.m. Artist-participants will be available on site on Friday to answer questions. See for more information on the program, which is led by the Victoria Native Friendship Centre and the UVic Centre for Youth & Society.


Market Conditions Balancing

BC Housing Market Showing Signs of
Stabilizing Despite Decreased Activity

Vancouver, BC – September 13, 2022. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 5,645 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in August 2022, a decrease of 40.8 per cent from August 2021. The average MLS® residential price in BC was $918,378, a 2.1 per cent increase from $899,428 recorded in August 2021. Total sales dollar volume was $5.2 billion, a 39.6 per cent decline from the same time last year.

“Housing activity across the province remains well below normal but is showing signs of stabilizing,” said BCREA Chief Economist Brendon Ogmundson. “While inventory is up over last year, active listings have somewhat stalled at relatively low levels in most major markets and as a result we are seeing a healthier balance compared to last year.”

Year-to-date, BC residential sales dollar volume was down 22.1 per cent from the same period in 2021 to $63.8 billion. Residential unit sales were down 30.5 per cent to 62,502 units, while the average MLS® residential price was up 12 per cent to $1.02 million.


Congratulations to the Gage Gallery Arts Collective who celebrated their grand opening last weekend!


It has been a privilege to work as the Realtor for Diana Durrand of the Gage Gallery Arts Collective to successfully secure a space for their new studio on Oak Bay Avenue.


I am pleased to help spread the word about the opening of the Gage Gallery and it`s community of 17 local artists including: Alain Vincent, Alesha Fowlie, Arlene Nesbitt, Bonnie Helm-Northover, Deirdre Kelly, Dennis Shields, Diana Durrand, Donald Ius, Edmir Fernandes, Frances Beckow, Francis Sullivan, Johanne Hemond, Natalie Shumka, Paddy Bruce, Rodney Malham, Shelby Assenheimer, Yvonne Freigang.


On your way to check out their new space, take a stroll down Oak Bay Avenue and stop by Discovery Coffee where artists from the Gage Gallery will be featured. Thanks to Discovery Coffee for supporting Gage Gallery by featuring their art at all 3 of their coffee shops in Victoria, BC.


Find out more info by visiting the Gage Gallery website, their Facebook Page and check out their recent write ups in the Oak Bay News and Times Colonist.


The Gage Gallery is located at 2031 Oak Bay Ave, and open Tuesdays through Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

MLS® property information is provided under copyright© by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board and Victoria Real Estate Board. The information is from sources deemed reliable, but should not be relied upon without independent verification.