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Musqueam and UBC

Getting Started

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 Through Time

"The Musqueam people have been here since the beginning. [...] From the youngest Elected Chief and Council in 1951 and ongoing legal precedents, such as the Guerin case (1984) and Sparrow Case (1990), Musqueam Through Time tells the story of a timeless culture that continues to guide not just the Musqueam people, but Canada as a whole."

Created for Musqueam Indian Band by Gryphon Productions (c) 2010. All rights reserved.

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.

Connecting Communities: principles for Musqueam-UBC collaboration

Connecting Communities

Connecting Communities : principles for Musqueam-UBC collaboration

This report, produced as part of a UBC Sustainability Scholars project, provides a resource for individuals at Musqueam and UBC who recognize the value of effective, meaningful collaboration, and seek to strengthen the relationship between the two communities


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 a Talon article about the project's progress as of January 2015.

Musqueam Teaching Resource

Students will learn that Vancouver is part of an ancient landscape, and will discover aspects of Musqueam heritage, culture and knowledge that are only now being shared with the public.

(Terry Point, 2014)

xʷməθkʷəy̓əm: qʷi:l̕qʷəl̕ ʔə kʷθə snəw̓eyəɬ ct
Musqueam: giving information about our teachings

This teaching resource comes out of a collaboration between Musqueam and the Museum of Anthropology. Via an interactive website, it provides the following resources:

  • Language, showcasing the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ alphabet
  • Stories, which provides access to a collection of digital storybooks, written for the purpose of language learning
  • Community Profiles, which provide the opportunity to learn about Musqueam directly from Musqueam community members
  • Video Gallery, which hosts community videos featuring Musqueam community members discussing issues of importance to our people
  • Delta Animation
  • Historic Timeline, focusing specifically on the legal and political forces that have affected and continue to affect Musqueam as a community and one of our many village sites, c̓əsnaʔəm
  • Teacher Resources, available for free in PDF format

Indigenous Communities in Vancouver

Vancouver and surrounding areas are on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, as well as the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Vancouver has the third-largest population of Indigenous peoples in Canada, after Winnipeg and Edmonton. (Source)