James Bay Branch
The sxʷeŋ’xʷəŋ taŋ’exw James Bay Branch hosted its grand opening on Saturday, May 26. (Greater Victoria Public Library)

The grand opening of the sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library is this weekend!

The opening will take place on Saturday, May 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Formal remarks and a ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m.

The event will feature storytelling, activities, refreshments, and more.

The branch’s soft opening was a little over a month ago, giving folks plenty of time to practice the tricky-at-first pronunciation of its name.

Victoria City Council selected the name after a public consultation showed wide support for a First Nations name. sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ is the Lekwungen name for James Bay.

In case you need a refresher, it’s pronounced ‘s-hweng hw-ung tongue-oo-hw.’ Still not sure? One library visitor can help you out.

Grand Opening: sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch

  • Where: 385 Menzies Street
  • When: Saturday, May 26, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; formal remarks and ribbon cutting at 11 a.m.