Monday, April 15, 2019
Langara College launched its refreshed brand identity, incorporating the name snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ given to it by the Musqueam people. The name snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ means ‘house of teachings’ in the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language and was given to Langara in recognition of the growing relationship between the College and Musqueam, and Langara’s location on Musqueam unceded traditional territory.
“This collaboration is an opportunity to share our culture and language with the broader community. The hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ name can function as a tool for reconciliation, education, and sharing. It’s about acknowledgement, and creating opportunities for deeper understanding of Musqueam people, our presence in this territory, and our ongoing connection to these places we have called home for so many generations,” said Vanessa Campbell of the Musqueam Language Office.
“We are very proud to share our new dual-name identity. Given our campus location on what was once a Musqueam village, it was important for us to honour the gift of the name snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ by fully incorporating it in to our institutional identity,” said Lane Trotter, President and CEO, Langara College. “This work is the next step in our continuing relationship with Musqueam, and we hope it will help Indigenous students feel even more welcome on our campus.”