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Musqueam Nation

“Although a metropolitan city has developed in the heart of Musqueam territory, our community maintains strong cultural and traditional beliefs.” — MUSQUEAM FIRST NATION

Squamish Nation

“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.” — SQUAMISH FIRST NATION

There are three Local First Nations in Vancouver: the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh. These three are part of a larger cultural group called the Coast Salish. The City of Vancouver is on the traditional territories of these three First Nations. They have a special spiritual, cultural, and economic connection to this land that goes back thousands of years. Some of their traditional territories overlap, and they share these lands and resources. Download a First people's guide for newcomers to Vancouver is availabe here

Tsleil-waututh Nation

“We have always been here, and we will always be here. Our People are here to care for our land and water.”  — TSLEIL-WAUTUTH NATION

Vancouver First Nations People