OhThePlacesYouShouldKnow.com is a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh language place name map tool created by the non-profit Kwi Awt Stelmexw launched on December 21st, 2015. This tool is created to assist people in calling for the the official reclaiming of Indigenous place names in the homelands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh peoples.
This online map is curated by Sḵwx̱wú7mesh language-speaker and teacher Khelsilem, of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh-Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw descent, in collaboration with web developer Victor Temprano. Icons designed by Corrina Keeling & Khelsilem.
Many of the names on this map were collected from a 1937 Sḵwx̱wú7mesh place names map developed by the City of Vancouver and August Jack Khatsalano of the Squamish Nation. That map has been updated and re-released in tandem with this website, and is available for purchase here.
This map shows places used, occupied, visited, or known about by past and present Sḵwx̱wú7mesh language-speakers. It has been created for educational purposes, and is not intended to be a statement of claim or title.
Sḵwx̱wú7mesh place name culture is based on water sight-lines. As transportation prior to contact was primarily by canoe, most place names are given to landmarks and locations visible from the water.
Click on the icons throughout the map to reveal:
The map is not exhaustive and does not include every recorded or known place name. It will be updated over time as more information is gathered from the community.