Langara acknowledges its location on the unceded traditional territory of theMusqueam First Nation, and is working to strengthen the connections between the Musqueam people and the College in a number of ways.

Musqueam Name

Langara Musqueam name

Langara was honoured to receive a name from Musqueam in their language,snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓,which meanshouse of teachings. The word is used to reference the advice given to a child to build their character and to guide them in to adulthood.

The naming ceremony, on January 11, 2016, was led by Langara Elder in Residence Gail Sparrow and Musqueam Siem Henry Charles, and was attended by Musqueam Chief Wayne Sparrow, Grand Chief Edward John of the First Nations Summit of BC, the Honourable Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Advanced Education, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, Langara President and CEO Lane Trotter and Board Chair Kwin Grauer, along with Langara board members, students, faculty and staff.

Highlights from our Naming Ceremony

As part of the ceremony, Musqueam gifted Langara with a rock from one of their original village sites. The College has placed a plaque on this rock at the centre of campus to acknowledge our location on Musqueam traditional territory and the name they have given us.

Musqueam House Post

2018年9月26日,Langara在校园的西北角安装了当地雕刻的Musqueam房屋柱子。这座14英尺高的欢迎雕像由马斯奎姆艺术家布伦特·斯派洛(Brent Sparrow Jr.)用红雪松雕刻而成,是为学院雕刻的。欢迎所有游客前往兰加拉所居住的穆斯奎姆人民传统的未割让领土。受欢迎的人裹着毯子,手里拿着纺锤。螺纹是一种传统的用来制作毯子和衣服的工具,代表着知识传递给下一代。这个职位是为了纪念斯?ém亨利·查尔斯是兰加拉的好朋友,他领导了2016年1月11日的仪式,授予了学院的Musqueam名称,snəw̓eyəɬleləm̓。View a video of thehouse post unveiling.


Musqueam Name for President Trotter

On June 4, 2014, Langara installed its third President and CEO, Dr. Lane Trotter. As part of the installation ceremony, Musqueam gave him a name in their language – Takaya, which means wolf. In 2015 the President’s regalia was altered to incorporate traditional Musqueam blanket patterns and wolves, as designed by Musqueam artist Debra Sparrow.

College Coat of Arms

After a number of years of development, in January of 2015 His Excellency David Johnston, Governor General of Canada bestowed on Langara its firstCoat of Arms. Among the symbols incorporated in the arms is a bed of river grass to acknowledge Langara’s location on Musqueam territory, Musqueam meaningpeople of the river grass. Musqueam Chief Wayne Sparrow and Elder Shane Point were on hand to welcome His Excellency to their traditional territory. Check out thephoto albumfrom this event.

Governor General and Musqueam at Langara