About Our Nation
Our Nation's roots trace back through multiple physical communities, or úxwumixw, before evolving into a government entity in 1923.
The Nation Today
The Squamish Nation is known as Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw in our language.
Our Nation’s roots trace back through multiple physical communities, or úxwumixw, before evolving into a government entity in 1923. The majority of our community resides on the North Shore of Vancouver, while a smaller yet significant population inhabits Squamish along the Squamish River. Our Nation is a dynamic force in the region, rooted in our traditions while striving for great things.
Our rich history spans millennia, evidenced by an archaeological site dating back 8,600 years. Our oral traditions narrate the emergence of the Squamish People in our lands.
Sḵwx̱wú7mesh culture is a tapestry influenced by our land and water, and woven by generations of our people. We continue to uphold the customs, traditions, and wisdom of the ancestors, passing them to our youth.
Sḵwx̱wú7mesh traditional territory is 6,732 square kilometers (673,200 hectares), encompassing 23 villages totaling 28.28 square kilometers (2,828 hectares).
Our language is a testament to resilience, with dozens of us learning it as a second language from our Elders, preserving it amidst a decline in first-language speakers. It is unique yet part of the Coast Salish and Salishan language families.
Our Future Generation
kwi hem̓í eḵ’ stélmexw á7aw̓t tl’a nímalh (The Future of Our Nation) are some inspiring stories of resilient youth who display the strength of our people and commitment to passing down our heritage. Click to watch seven videos.