Definitions for "Saanich"
Saanich (also , written as SENĆOŦEN in Saanich orthography) is the language of the Native American Saanich people. Saanich is a member of a dialect continuum called Northern Straits which is a Coast Salishan language. The Northern Straits varieties are closely related to the Klallam language.
Saanich was a provincial electoral district in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It made its first appearance in the election of 1903 and its last in the general election of 1963 after which it was combined with parts of the former Nanaimo and the Islands riding to form Saanich and the Islands. The same area is currently represented by Saanich North and the Islands and Saanich South.