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The village of Eslha7an, also called Mission Reserve and Mission Creek Reserve after the Indian reserve it is located on, was the center of religious conversion for these people. Photographed here is the St. Paul's Catholic Church, a National Historic Site of Canada.

Ustlawn (Squamish language: Eslhá7an[1]) is a Squamish village community located on the shores of North Vancouver. The Squamish name Eslhá7an translates as head bay, denoted what used to be the farthest out reaching bay enclave in the Burrard Inlet. Its origin as a primary village goes back to the earliest missionaries in British Columbia with the St.Paul's Catholic Church being the oldest extant church in British Columbia[citation needed], and a National Historic Site of Canada.[2] It is also home to the Eslha7an Training Center, the Stitsma Employment Center, and the So-Sah-Latch Health and Family Centre. On the shores of the village is the Mosquito Creek Marina. The official name of the Indian Reserve it is situated on is Mission Indian Reserve No. 1.

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  1. ^ Squamish Nation "Skwxwu7mesh Snichim-Xweliten Snichim Skexwts / Squamish-English Dictionary", Published 2011. pX. ISBN 0-295-99022-8
  2. ^ Saint Paul's Roman Catholic Church. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 29 January 2012.


  • Barman, Jean (2007) [2005]. Stanley Park's Secret: The Forgotten Families of Whoi Whoi, Kanaka Ranch and Brockton Point. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing. ISBN 978-1-55017-420-5.

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Coordinates: 49°19′00″N 123°06′00″W / 49.31667°N 123.10000°W / 49.31667; -123.10000 (Esla7an / Mission Indian Reserve No. 1)