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xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and UBC

Musqueam-UBC History

"As the public history of UBC in Vancouver and on Point Grey began to unfold, it overwrote another, much longer history — the history of thousands of years of Aboriginal presence in these places.

The erasure of that history, and its gradual return to visibility in the later 20th century, as Aboriginal programs at the university began to develop and relationships began to deepen, is the history outlined here." From the UBC Centennial: The Hidden History.

Musqueam-UBC Collaboration

In December 2006, Musqueam and the University of British Columbia signed a Memorandum of Affiliation, resulting in a number of initiatives between the University and Musqueam. Visit the UBC website to learn more.

Musqueam Post: sʔi:ɬqəy̓ qeqən

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. To learn more about the post, visit the UBC website or download the Dedication Ceremony Program [PDF].


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.

For more information, see the following: short introductory video.

Indigenous Names at Totem Park

This site by UBC Vancouver Housing explores the origins of residence names at UBC. "Each house at Totem Park Residence was named to honour Indigenous peoples in British Columbia. The newest houses carry place names gifted by our host, the Musqueam Nation, but the original six do not.

These two sets of houses represent very different approaches to working with Indigenous communities and provide important lessons for all of us. Please take a moment to begin learning about the history and meaning of these names, and how they should be used."

Musqueam-UBC Publications

Musqueam and the Alma Mater Society

Acknowledging Musqueam Territory