By Stephanie Wood
This article will use traditional spellings for words using the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) language, with a note on its alphabet, pronunciation guide, and list of translations included at the end.
The Sḵwx̱wú7mesh stelmexw have lived along this coast for millennia.
Slhá7an̓ was once a seasonal village, and today it’s a reserve community sitting close to the shoreline in North Vancouver. The mudflats that once existed around False Creek were called Skwácháy̓s, meaning “water coming up from ground beneath.” At what is now called Stanley Park, people lived in a village called X̱wáy̓x̱way.