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Traditional Governance

Musqueam Declaration

Copy of the Musqueam Declaration - 1976

"Our ancestors aboriginal right and our aboriginal right , is to live upon and travel over our aboriginal lands, seas and waters without foreign control or restriction; to utilize, trade, and consume all the resources and products of those lands, waters and seas. It is our right to govern ourselves and our communities, to up-hold and determine our own customs, beliefs, and laws."

Featured Resources

Indigenous Foundations: Musqueam Legal History Digital Media Archive

A collection of digitized newspaper clippings from the mainstream press about Musqueam's precedent-setting legal battles. Indigenous Foundations also highlights the Guerin Case and the Sparrow Case.

For Indigenous press, try searching within Indigenous newspapers, such as Windspeaker or Kahtou News, through the CBCA Complete database.

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

Musqueam Traditional Governance