“The development of xʷtatəl̕ləm (a Place of Learning) will…help governments,
industry and society continue to meet their commitments to Reconciliation and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).”
– xʷtatəl̕ləm Declaration by Musqueam Indian Band and FRDC, 2020
Reconciliation and the River
While the Musqueam Indian Band and other First Nations have lived, worked, and taken care of the stal̕əw̓ (the river) from time immemorial, there is no place that allows people to gain a better understanding of the Indigenous histories of the watershed.
xʷtatəl̕ləm (A Place of Learning) will help address this by being a place where Indigenous teachings can be shared. Listening to, and learning from, Indigenous perspectives is a first step towards reconciliation.
Working closely with our Musqueam partners, we have already started this process, including:
- meeting with elders from Musqueam and other Nations to get initial input on xʷtatəl̕ləm;
- reviewing how to add hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language and place names to our existing exhibits; and
- adding Indigenous perspectives and ways of knowing to River Champions, RiverSchool and public dialogues on topics like Monuments of the Fraser River and Fisheries Habitat Protection and Enhancement.
If reconciliation with Indigenous peoples is important to you, please help us continue our work–and do even more in the future.
Your donation will create opportunities for learning for students and the general public.
Helping people learn about the Indigenous heritage and stories of the river is a step towards reconciliation that is supported by our Musqueam partners and other Nations.
If you are looking to make an impact in this important area, please support our work!