c̓əsnaʔəm, one of our Musqueam villages, existed on the stal̕əw̓ (now called the Fraser River) long before Vancouver was founded. For over 4000 years, generations of our ancestors lived at c̓əsnaʔəm. Around 2000 years ago, it grew to become one of our largest villages and was connected by water ways and trails to other villages throughout our territory, such as sən̓aʔqʷ (Vanier Park). Over the last 125 years, archaeologists and collectors mined c̓əsnaʔəm for artifacts and human remains: our ancestors and their belongings. Today, c̓əsnaʔəm has been paved over and built upon, yet it remains part of our territory, culture, and history.
The history of this place is told by the Musqueam First Nation