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c̓əsnaʔəm: the city before the city

Thanks for your help in launching our long-awaited First Nations gallery

Our success is only made possible because generous people in our community care about protecting and preserving a special place for all of us to connect through Vancouver’s history and our shared future.

MOV launched c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city in January 2015.  It occupies a prominent place in the institution – as the introduction to the Vancouver history galleries.

Our First Nations gallery makes public the significance of c̓əsnaʔəm, an ancient Musqueam village and burial ground on the North Arm of the Fraser River. c̓əsnaʔəm is one of North America’s largest pre-contact villages on the Pacific coast of Canada. It has been a major site of archaeological research for the past 120 years, resulting in several national and international museums excavating and acquiring artefacts for their collections. The Museum of Vancouver has one of the most important collections of material culture associated with c̓əsnaʔəm in the world.

Our city’s origin is a story that all Vancouverites need to hear.  The only way we can tell this critical piece of Vancouver’s history is through the support of our funders, sponsors and donors like you. Please join with others in the community in making a (one-time or monthly) donation to help support our desire to bring stories like c̓əsnaʔəm from the deep past, to the present day.