The JIBC New Westminster campus is located in unceded Central Coast Salish territory. In keeping with traditional protocols, we wish to express our gratitude to Qay’qayt and Musqueam First Nations who have ties to this territory, and we wish to acknowledge the unceded territory of all Central Coast Salish Peoples.
The Qayqayt First Nation, is one of the smallest First Nations in Canada and the only one without a land base. The Qayqayt reserve used to exist on the banks of the Fraser River, around New Westminster. The Qayqayt People historically spoke the Halq'eméylem (Upriver dialect), of Halkomelem (also Hul’q’umi’num’/Henqeminem), a Coast Salish language.
The Musqueam people have lived in our present location for thousands of years. Their traditional territory occupies what is now Vancouver and surrounding areas. The name Musqueam relates back to the River Grass, the name of the grass is məθkʷəy̓.
Last updated January 12, 2019