The Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish People, villages and community) have a complex and rich history. Ancient connections are traced within our language through terms for place names and shared ceremony among the Salmon Peoples of the cedar longhouse.
We are the descendants of the Coast Salish Aboriginal Peoples who lived in the present day Greater Vancouver area, Gibson’s landing and Squamish River watershed. The Squamish Nation has occupied and governed our territory since beyond recorded history.
Sixteen Síiyam (Chiefs) remain from a long line of leaders, and current Skwxwú7mesh generations can trace their connections to one or more of the strong leaders and speakers who signed the Almagamation on July 23, 1923. The Amalgamation was established to guarantee equality to all Squamish people and to ensure good government.
Joe Mathias – This section contains more information about the late t’echuxánm-t siyám (Skwxwú7mesh Chief Joe Mathias), a visionary leader of the Squamish Nation.