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Musqueam: Land Beneath Our Feet: Musqueam: Land Beneath Our Feet

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Knowing the Land Beneath Our Feet

UBC's Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT) is developing Knowing the Land Beneath Our Feet (KLBF), a multimedia initiative aimed at raising awareness of Indigenous histories and presence at UBC Vancouver in partnership with the First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Coordinated Arts Programs. This guide takes its name from their project.

For more information and to see an introductory video, check out the KLBF website, as well as the Talon article about the project's progress as of January 2015.

Land Beneath Our Feet

The University of British Columbia is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. This research guide lists selected resources for deepening knowledge of this relationship and of Musqueam.

For information on how to support conversations about territory acknowledgements in your classroom or workplace please see:

Map from the Musqueam Declaration, 1976.

You may want to begin your research on Musqueam's website.

Musqueam's protocol guidelines for working within Musqueam traditional territory and dealing with the Musqueam Nation can be found in print at the Xwi7xwa Library:

Musqueam Indian Band. (2006). Protocol. In Musqueam: A Living Culture (45-47). Victoria: CopperMoon Communications.
Call Number: BJM M533 M87 2006

Helpful tip: try searching "Musqueam endowment lands development" and "UBC Block F" in Google to find out about recent announcements for Musqueam land development.

Musqueam and UBC

On April 6, 2016, sʔi:ɬqəy̓ qeqən, a double-headed serpant post carved by Musqueam artist Brent Sparrow Jr., was raised outside the UBC Bookstore. This post recognizes Musqueam's presence and history on the land and the current partnership between Musqueam and UBC. See: the Dedication Ceremony Program, or Learn more about the post here and watch the video.

Musqueam and the University of British Columbia have a long history of partnership. This was strengthened in December 2006 with the signing of a Memorandum of Affiliation, resulting in a number of initiatives between the University and Musqueam.

In 2015, UBC Sustainability Scholar Aaron Lao worked with the Musqueam First Nation to develop a resource guide to identify principles for collaboration and engagement between UBC and Musqueam: Connecting Communities: Principles for Musqueam-UBC Collaboration.

Learn more about Musqueam's partnerships with UBC on the UBC Aboriginal Portal.

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