Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do you pronounce the name of the X̱wi7x̱wa Library? What does it mean?

X̱wi7x̱wa is pronounced ‘whei-wha.’ X̱wi7x̱wa means “echo” in the Squamish language.

Chief Simon Baker of the Squamish Nation gave the name to the library at the First Nations House of Learning Opening Ceremonies on May 25, 1993. The mandate of the X̱wi7x̱wa Library is to “echo” the voices and philosophies of Aboriginal people through its services, collections, and programs.

How do I find out about the traditional lands of the First Nations located in and around the city of Vancouver?

Several First Nations who were related by family and culture have traditional territories in the Vancouver Area. These are Salish speaking nations. The Social Planning office of City of Vancouver has information about the local First Nations as well as Aboriginal people from other parts of Canada. If you would like more legal information, or more detailed information about the boundaries of claimed territories, some are available through the BC Treaty Commission website, in the Statement of Intent. Please note that not all First Nations participate in the Treaty process, so the BCTC information doesn’t reflect all groups in the province.

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