Sharing Stories with the World

For thousands of years, the South Salish Nations treasured the calm waters of Victoria’s Harbour, its life giving abundance and the security of its protected entrance.In 2009, to honour the traditions and history of the South Salish Nations, the breakwater was transformed into an enormous canvas upon which First Nations artists and the youth they mentored shared their stories with the world.

Local artists Butch Dick of Songhees Nation and Darlene Gait of Esquimalt Nation led the design of Na’Tsa’maht (the
Unity Wall), a Salish phrase meaning “unity or working together as one.” The result is a powerful public art piece that extends to the sea and serves as an artistic expression of the bridge between cultures.

The Unity Wall is among one of the largest murals in Canada. It is one of the first things visitors see when arriving at the Victoria Cruise Ship Terminal. It is also a beloved local attraction enjoyed by residents every day.

The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority sponsored the development of the Unity Wall in three phases: