xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam)


Dialect: hən̓q̓əmin̓əm
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Historically known as: Musqueam

Contact Information:
Musqueam Indian Band
6735 Salish Dr
Vancouver, BC
V6N 4C4
ph. (604) 263-3261
fx. (604) 263-4212

The xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people have lived in our present location for thousands of years. Our traditional territory once occupied much of what is now Vancouver and surrounding areas. The name xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) relates back to the River Grass, the name of the grass is məθkʷay̓.1

Language Information

Fluent Speakers: 0 2
Understand or Speak Somewhat: 27 2
Learning Speakers: 7 2

The Musqueam has some semi-fluent speakers of Hən̓q̓əmin̓əm...3

Community Information

Population: 1315 2
Internet Connectivity: High-Speed4

Our main village is located at the mouth of the Fraser River, one of Canada's most important salmon-producing systems of the Northwest Coast. Musqueam culture is intimately tied to the lands and waters within our traditional territory. We continue to maintain a viable culture and hold a special relationship to the land in the heart of a modern city.5


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