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Musqueam Declaration

Significance 

Written by the Musqueam Indian Band and proclaimed on July 10, 1976 (the year of the USA bicentennial) as their “declaration of independence,” this sets forth the Musqueam’s understanding of their rights to land and resources. The Musqueam Indian Band is headquartered on a reserve along the Fraser River in the south-western corner of Vancouver. Unlike other parts of Canada, only a handful of treaties were signed in British Columbia in the early years. Now, unresolved and competing claims for land and resources colour political, environmental, and ethical discussions in Vancouver.

Date Range 
1976
Place of Manufacture 
Musqueam Reserve adjacent to Vancouver
Dimensions 
96.5 cm high, 55.5 cm wide
Museum Location 
Reproduction on First Nations Learning Cart
Catalog Number 
H995.47.1
Donor 
Musqueam Indian Band