The Musqueam street signs were created to give a bilingual experience while travelling on campus roads and acknowledge the linguistic heritage of the UBC’s Point Grey Campus. They will supplement the English names with names in hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, the traditional language of the Musqueam people.
Join us for the announcement:
Wednesday April 4
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre in the Jack Poole Hall
6163 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
RSVP by April 3
This event is free and open to the UBC community. Refreshments will be served.
About the bilingual street signs
Language experts from the Musqueam First Nation provided the names using their traditional approach to place-naming. The hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ names are written in a phonetic alphabet developed with linguists to represent sounds used in oral languages.
The signs contribute to a visible Musqueam presence on campus that continues to grow. The Musqueam gifted the name “c̓əsnaʔəm” to a Totem Park residence last fall, and in 2016 the sʔi:ɬqəy̓ qeqən carved cedar post acknowledging Musqueam presence and tradition was placed at the intersection of University Boulevard and East Mall.
We acknowledge that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking Musqueam people.