We carry out our business on the ancestral and unceded homelands of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), qʼʷa:n̓ ƛʼən̓ (Kwantlen), qiqéyt (Qayqayt), and Stó:lō (Sto:lo) Peoples, and extend appreciation for the opportunity to work on this territory.  

We are grateful to these Coast Salish Nations for their stewardship and protection, past and present, of the land, water, and air that we all rely on. And we acknowledge and appreciate their generosity of spirit in sharing their knowledge and teachings with Port Moody residents and visitors. 

Nation names and pronunciation 

In the table below, you’ll find the names and pronunciations of the Coast Salish Nations on whose traditional territory the city of Port Moody now resides. 

We have also included links to each Nation’s website or Facebook page. We encourage you to learn about the Nations’ current projects and priorities as well as their unique cultures, languages, and communities. 

NationAnglicized namePronunciationName meaning




“Red Fish up the River”




“The People of the Inlet”




“People of the məθkʷəy̓ Plant”




"The People of the Sacred Water"




“Land of the Moss”




“Tireless Runner”




“Resting Place”




“People of the River”


Local Indigenous languages

The Coast Salish Nations on whose traditional territory the city of Port Moody now resides speak two dialects of Halkomelem, which is part of the Salishan family of languages of the Coast Salish Peoples. Halkomelem has three dialects overall: Halq̓eméylem, the Upriver dialect; Hul̓q̓umín̓um̓, the Island dialect; and hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, the Downriver dialect. 

Halq̓eméylem, the Upriver dialect, is spoken by Stó:lō First Nations, and hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, the Downriver dialect, is spoken by the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), qʼʷa:n̓ƛʼən̓ (Kwantlen), and qiqéyt (Qayqayt) Peoples. Sḵwx̱wú7mesh snichim, another Salishan language, is spoken by the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Peoples. 

With the addition of Indigenous language classes in a number of schools throughout the Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver, Halkomelem is gaining a familiar presence in our communities. For more information on Halkomelem or to access language translations and a pronunciation guide, please visit FirstVoices, an initiative of the First Peoples’ Cultural Council.

Truth and Reconciliation 

The City of Port Moody is committed to moving forward on reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and implementing the five Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action for municipal government (#43, #47, #57, #75, and #77), as well as those Calls to Action with direct relevancy to municipal services

We have started work on what is anticipated to be a multi-phase reconciliation project. One of our first steps was to hire an Indigenous consultant to assist Council and staff with navigating the best path forward in the engagement of local First Nations. The consultant submitted a report (Indigenous Relations Final Report) in June 2022 that recommends the collaborative development of a short-term Indigenous relations strategy. 

Council has directed staff to begin work on the short-term strategy, which will lay the foundation for a three-to-five-year Indigenous relations strategy to help the City build meaningful and respectful relationships with First Nations.  

Educational resources 

Increasing our awareness of Indigenous Peoples and their experiences in Canada, past and present, is an important first step toward reconciliation. Continue your learning by exploring the resources listed below.  

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
Between 2007 and 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada carried out extensive research, including hearing from Residential Survivors, their families, members of their communities, former staff of residential schools and others, to bear witness to the legacy of the residential school system. In 2015, to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation, the Commission presented an executive summary of the findings including 94 Calls to Action
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
The mandate of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is to raise awareness of the history and creation of the residential school system, its ongoing legacy, and how it has shaped the country we live in today. The Centre offers teaching resources and educational programming that make it easier for the public to learn the truth about this tragic history.
BC Assembly of First Nations
The British Columbia Assembly of First Nations is a Provincial Territorial Organization representing and advocating for the 203 First Nations in British Columbia. Representation and advocacy is inclusive and extends to First Nations currently engaged in the treaty process, those who have signed modern treaties, and those who fall under historic treaty agreements which include the Douglas Treaties and Treaty 8. The Assembly also represents and advocates for First Nations in BC that are not in treaty negotiations.
First Peoples’ Map of BC
The First Peoples Cultural Council has created the First People’ Map of BC. Explore and contribute to an interactive map, searchable by Indigenous languages, arts, or heritage.
Indigenous Foundations
Indigenous Foundations is an information resource on key topics relating to the histories, politics, and cultures of the Indigenous Peoples in Canada. This website was developed to support students in their studies, and to provide instructors, researchers and the broader public with a place to begin exploring topics that relate to Aboriginal peoples, cultures, and histories. Foundations was developed by the First Nations Studies Program at the University of British Columbia, located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.
National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
The mandate of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is to look into and report on the systemic causes of all forms of violence against Indigenous women and girls, including sexual violence. The Inquiry must examine the underlying social, economic, cultural, institutional, and historical causes that contribute to the ongoing violence and particular vulnerabilities of Indigenous women and girls in Canada.
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adopted by the UN General Assembly on September 13, 2007, establishes a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity, and well-being of the Indigenous Peoples of the world. This document also elaborates on existing human rights standards and fundamental freedoms as they apply to the specific situation of Indigenous Peoples. Today the Declaration is the most comprehensive international instrument on the rights of Indigenous Peoples.
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (Canada)
On June 21, 2021, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act received Royal Assent and immediately came into force. This legislation advances the implementation of the Declaration as a key step in renewing the Government of Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples. The purpose of this Act is to affirm the UN Declaration as an international human rights instrument that can help interpret and apply Canadian law. It also provides a framework to advance implementation of the Declaration at the federal level.
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (British Columbia)
The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act is an important piece of provincial legislation that was passed in November 2019 to formally adopt the principles set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.