Our People, Our Places



Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) is comprised of descendants of the Coast Salish Indigenous peoples who traditionally lived in the present-day Greater Vancouver area; Gibson’s landing and the Squamish River watershed. Skwxwú7mesh Snichim (Squamish language) also refers to a Salishan language.

səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation) are a First Nations group who traditionally inhabited the lands around, and the waters of, Burrard Inlet, British Columbia. They are a Coast Salish people who are closely related to but politically separate from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw and Musqueam First Nations.

First Nations: Are Indigenous peoples of Canada who are neither Métis or Inuit.

Coast Salish: A cultural subgroup of Salish-speaking First Nations who traditionally inhabit the Pacific Coast of British Columbia.

Indigenous People: People who are descended from and identify with the original inhabitants of a given region.

Community: A group of people living together in one place. People within a community share common cultural heritage.

Traditions: The handing down of beliefs, legends, customs etc., from generation to generation; a continuing pattern of cultural beliefs or practices.

Evidence: The available body of facts or information that indicates whether a belief or proposition is true.

Regalia: The distinctive clothing and ornaments carried at formal occasions as an indication of cultural status.

Reservation: A tract of public land set apart for a special purpose, as for the use of a First Nations group.

Canoe: A light, narrow, open boat, propelled by paddles.

Archives: A collection of historical documents, records and photographs providing information about a place, institutions, or group of people.