Feathers are important in many cultures. Although there are different meanings, they have always been associated with freedom and transcendence. The feather symbolizes trust, honor, strength, wisdom, power, and freedom.
Coquitlam is located on territory that was never ceded or given to the Crown by the Kwikwetlem, Katzie, and other Coast Salish Peoples. The term unceded acknowledges the dispossession of the land and the inherent rights that Kwikwetlem, Katzie, and other Coast Salish Nations hold to the territory. It also serves as a reminder that Kwikwetlem, Katzie, and other Coast Salish Peoples have never left their territories and will always retain their jurisdiction and relationships with the territory.
We are truly thankful to live, learn, work, and play on unceded Coast Salish Territory; the traditional and ancestral homelands of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), and other Coast Salish Nations, and has been stewarded by them since time remembered.
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Last year, Councillor Zoë Royer co-authored a report to Council to further Port Moody’s commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in tangible and meaningful ways.
Canada’s history caused serious harm to Indigenous people. True reconciliation and respect for Indigenous peoples means going beyond equity and inclusion and instead, acknowledging the history and legacies of colonialism. And taking stock of the ways our individual and collective actions continue those trends or reverse them.