naw̓ si:y̓ém̓ məsteyəxʷ
hay ce:p q̓ə k̓ʷəθ ʔəm̓i ƛ̓nec̓əw̓txʷ ʔi ʔə ʔə tə n̓a xʷməθkʷəy̓əm website. ʔəm̓i ce:p kʷətxʷiləm ʔi ʔə tə n̓a page ʔiʔ təw taʔəlt tə ɬniməɬ xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, kʷθə sya:ys ʔiʔ ƛ̓əw tə sʔa:nɬ syəθ. sc̓ec̓ən̓ ct ʔəw c̓iyətalə k̓ʷəθ ƛ̓ec̓əw̓txʷ. ƛ̓əwɬ cəlel ʔiʔ m̓i čxʷ q̓a:nθət.
Hello respected people
Thank you for visiting the Musqueam website. You are welcome to use this page to learn a little about the Musqueam people, our work and our history. We thank you for your visit. Please come back soon.
sχʷəy̓em̓ (an ancient history)
The xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people have been here as long as there has been land to live upon. We have lived in the area of our present location for thousands of years, and our traditional territory occupies what is now Vancouver and surrounding areas. Some of our sχʷəy̓em̓ (ancient histories) describe the landscape as it was over eight thousand years ago.
The name Musqueam relates back to the flowering plant,
məθkʷəy̓, which grows in the Fraser River estuary. There is a sχʷəy̓em̓ that has been passed on from generation to generation that explains how we became known as the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm – People of the məθkʷəy̓ plant.
The old people spoke of a small lake called xʷməm̓qʷe:m (Camosun Bog) where the sʔi:ɬqəy̓ (double-headed serpent) originated. They were warned as youth to be cautious and not go near or they would surely die. This sʔi:ɬqəy̓ was so massive its winding path from the lake to the stal̕əw̓ (river) became the creek flowing through Musqueam to this day. Everything the serpent passed over died and from its droppings bloomed a new plant, the məθkʷəy̓.
For this reason, the people of long ago named that place xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam – place of the məθkʷəy̓).