Squamish Community: Our People Our Places Kit

Grades 3, 4 and 5
Classroom Kit or Online 

Physical Kits The kit includes large, laminated prints of archival and other photographs for use in the classroom. 2-week loans, year-round. Contact booking for more information.


Students explore and analyse archival photographs featuring Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) people and places chosen from an exhibit presented at the North Vancouver Museum & Archives (NVMA) in 2010. This was a shared project of the NVMA and the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation). The Squamish Elders and Language Authority chose these photos that represent local landscapes, the community and individuals, and contributed to exhibit research.

Your students will:

  • Recognize that the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) is an active community today on the North Shore.
  • Discover aspects of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) history and culture through photos.
  • View primary source evidence and develop photo analysis skills.

Big Ideas:

Social Studies:

  • Learning about Indigenous peoples nurtures multicultural awareness and respect for diversity. Indigenous knowledge is passed down through oral history, traditions, and collective memory (Grade 3).
  • Interactions between First Peoples and Europeans lead to conflict and cooperation, which continues to shape Canada’s identity (Grade 4).
  • Natural resources continue to shape the economy and identity of different regions of Canada. Canadian institutions and government reflect the challenge of our regional diversity (Grade 5).