Vancouver: Unceded Land
Before colonial settlers arrived, the shared territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), which is now also known as the West End of Vancouver, consisted of abundant forest with some of the tallest old growth trees in North America. With the arrival of settlers, the area was logged for the creation of a new resedential site. This colonial settlement was established on unceded land. As part of situating the House and the City of Vancouver's history, we acknowledge that we are operating on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded shared territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh. We have great respect for the resilience, wisdom and strength of our Indigenous hosts.