About Us - Traditional Territory

First Nations Territorial Acknowledgement


New Westminster Schools recognizes and acknowledges the Qayqayt First Nation, as well as all Coast Salish peoples, on whose traditional and unceded territories we live, we learn, we play and we do our work.

Acknowledging Traditional Territory as a Sign of Respect

The Board of Education of New Westminster Schools believes that acknowledging Traditional Territory is a way to honour and show respect to the original inhabitants of this land.

This practice enables the wider school and district community to share in Aboriginal cultures, and leads to better relationships and understandings.

Observing this practice connects participants with the traditional territory, and provides a welcoming atmosphere to the land where people are gathering.


More to Learn

As part of the process of truth and reconciliation, as a District, we continuing to listen, learn and grow as we seek opportunities to enable healing and make reparations.

We encourage you to join us on this journey.

You can start that by learning more about the Qayqayt First Nation here: https://newwestschools.ca/about-us/first-nations-territorial-acknowledgement/the-qayqayt-first-nation/

Want to know what reconciliation looks like in our schools? Check out this link: https://newwestschools.ca/about-us/first-nations-territorial-acknowledgement/reconciliation-in-schools/

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