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Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous Learning House at BVM

Lacey Baker, Indigenous Educator, sharing with students at the Learning House at Burnaby Village Museum

Burnaby is located on the ancestral and unceded homelands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ [mp3 audio file] and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking peoples. Click here to view the City's 'Guidelines for Indigenous Territory Acknowledgement'. We are grateful for the opportunity to be on this territory. The City is also home to Indigenous people from all over the country. For more information, the Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study is a snapshot of the hundreds of thousands of indigenous people who live in Canadian urban centres.

More information can also be found through the Burnaby School District (SD41) and their Aboriginal Education Program. For information on programs and services offered in Burnaby, please contact Spirit of the Children Society - an Aboriginal non-profit society serving families in the Burnaby, New Westminster and the Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody) area.

The City of Burnaby also acknowledges and is working to implement the recommendations for local governments in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Final Report and Recommendations for Action. View the updated report on Burnaby's civic reconciliation activities. As part of this process, Council has recognized the National Day of Indigenous Peoples.

Burnaby in the time of our ancestors

This map helps us imagine what the lands now known as Burnaby would have looked like in the past. It shows known village sites, overland routes and cranberry harvesting areas. It also includes the locations of streams, lakes, rivers, inlets, and mountains today.

Indigenous Maps

Burnaby Village Museum, 2017.

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