Tuesday, 3 April 2018

UBC and Musqueam to reveal bilingual street signs

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 4, 10 a.m.

Location: Jack Poole Hall at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, 6163 University Blvd. Map: http://bit.ly/2FY4EM8 

Parking: North Parkade | Map: https://bit.ly/2GUDjbq

Event details: UBC will unveil new bilingual street signs that acknowledge and respect the traditional territory of the Musqueam people.

The signs on nine major campus streets supplement English names with names in hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, the traditional language of the Musqueam people. Language experts from the Musqueam community will provide pronunciations and explain their traditional approach to place-naming during a brief walking tour of several sign locations. For example, University Boulevard received the name šxʷyəθəstəm – “place for traditional instruction” in hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓.

The hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ names are written in a phonetic alphabet developed with linguists to represent sounds used in oral languages.

More information: http://bit.ly/2GP4FzS


  • Linc Kesler, Director, UBC First Nations House of Learning
  • Larry Grant and Vanessa Campbell, Musqueam language experts
  • Michael White, Associate Vice-President, Campus and Community Planning


Read more from UBC https://news.ubc.ca/2018/04/03/ubc-and-musqueam-to-reveal-bilingual-street-signs/

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