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Sen̓áḵw (Squamish Salish pronunciation: [sen̰aqʷ]) or sən̓aʔqʷ (Halkomelem Salish pronunciation: [sənˀaʔqʷ]), rendered in English as Snawk, Snawq, Sneawq, or Snawkw, and formally known as Kitsilano Indian Reserve 6, is a village site of the Indigenous Squamish band government, located near what is now known as the Kitsilano neighbourhood of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The village site was home for many Squamish, but after further colonization began in the Vancouver area, the inhabitants were forced to relocate to other nearby villages. This village was also the home of August Jack Khatsahlano, a prominent chief (or siyam) of the Squamish and a notable Vancouver historian on local Indigenous history.


After the Indian Act was passed in 1876, and with the Joint Indian Reserve Commission, a reserve was plotted out for the native peoples living at this location.[1] Both in 1886 and 1902, portions of the reserve were confiscated by the federal government, until the families were forced to relocate. Many families were placed on a barge and towed to other communities in the Burrard Inlet area. In 2001, a settlement was agreed between the courts and the Squamish Nation for the return of 11.7 acres (47,000 m2) of land, coming from the land possessed by the government.[2] This 11.7 acres (47,000 m2) in reserve lands, is located near Vanier Park, underneath Burrard Street Bridge.

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  1. ^ Hogben, David (August 29, 2002) The Vancouver Sun, Kitsilano land belongs to natives, appeal judges agree p.A2
  2. ^ Lancaster, Deanna. (September 1, 2002) The North Shore News, Natives accepting 92.5 million from Feds p.10

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