W̱MÍYEŦEN Nature Sanctuary

(wh-my-eh-then: Place of the Deer)


Honouring The Art and Life of Marion Cumming

“My day is better for having seen you!” —Marion Cumming
A legacy book honouring a local environmental activist and longtime supporter of Indigenous rights.

Marion was a true visionary. She believed that opening hearts and minds, and cultivating deep understanding of all cultures, was to create peace in our communities and, ultimately, the world.

This book will be a tribute to Marion Margaret Cumming, who was a remarkable artist, poet and humanist.  From the time that she was a young woman, she devoted her life to being of service to those in need, and to the environment.

She was the first Canadian woman to return land to Indigenous people in what is now known as the Land Back movement.

She also worked tirelessly for years alongside the late Charles Elliott Temosen in developing a series of monuments commemorating the history and culture of the L’kwungen peoples, and their relationship with the land and sea.

By making a donation to this book you will be supporting the inspiring legacy of Marion Cumming.

Please support this new initiative
Total budget $110,000
Raised to date $30,000
Still needed: $80,000

A charitable tax receipt will be sent immediately.

Her art journals, cards, writings, paintings and architectural works commissioned by Heritage Canada have been donated to Special Collections at the University of Victoria Library. Her home and garden near the shores of the old village of Chikawich (McNeill Bay) has been donated to the Victoria Native Friendship Centre.
Marion Cumming’s generosity, love and dedication has touched many. She was a woman who walked softly on the earth and, by example, she changed the lives of many people. 
Author Kathleen Arnason   
Kathleen is the author of 11 books, one a Canadian bestseller. She spent 10 years working for the Senate of Canada where she became an expert in oral history collections. She is a practitioner of Appreciative Inquiry, teaches storytelling communications, and is a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for her work in arts and culture. Kathleen worked very closely with Marion Cumming helping to organize her archives and her numerous Indigenous, cultural and environmental projects and came to know her intimately through her stories of travel, friends and activism. 
To learn more about this project, please contact:
Dr. Robin June Hood (250) 532-2629 [email protected]
Kathleen Arnason (250) 882-9890 [email protected]

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W̱MÍYEŦEN Nature Sanctuary

1772 Millstream Rd,
Victoria, BC V9B 6E4

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W̱MÍYEŦEN Nature Sanctuary Society 1772 Millstream Rd.
Victoria, BC. V9B 6E4
Registered Charity BN: 11894 6953 RR0001

WSÁNEC Coast Salish

W̱MÍYEŦEN Nature Sanctuary lies within the traditional territories of the WSÁNEC (Saanich) Coast Salish Peoples.

​We recognize the integral role the ancestors of the WSÁNEC Coast Salish Peoples play as past stewards of the Highlands lands.

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