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"Together with our lands, our customs and traditions are the foundation of who we are as Skwxwú7mesh"

“The Squamish Nation is a vibrant and dynamic Coast Salish Nation, with a strong culture, rich history and bright future. We are the descendants of the Coast Salish Indigenous peoples who lived in the present day Greater Vancouver area, Gibson’s landing and Squamish River watershed. Our traditional territory is located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia, where our Nation has existed and prospered since time immemorial.

Our historical and existing links to these lands and waters are numerous. Squamish names for places exist throughout the territory. These places have particular meaning to our people. Our oral traditions explain the significance of these places in the Squamish universe and to our relationship to the land.

Coastal sunset
Welcome figure, Squamish First Nation Photo A. Melnyk, Getty Images

Our language is the Squamish language. Our society is, and always has been, organized and sophisticated, with complex laws and rules governing all forms of social relations, economic rights and relations with other First Nations.

The Squamish culture is rich and resilient. We continue to practice our customs and traditions, which are strongly interconnected with our traditional territory. Together with our lands, our customs and traditions are the foundation of who we are as Skwxwú7mesh.”


Sockeye Salmon Photography West, Getty Images