Indigenous People and Reconciliation

We recognise and respect that New Westminster is on the unceded and unsurrendered land of the Halkomelem speaking peoples.  We acknowledge that colonialism has made invisible their histories and connections to the land. As a City, we are learning and building relationships with the people whose lands we are on.

New Westminster has been settled on the unceded territories of multiple First Nations. Today the descendants of these Nations continue to live here as well as within the boundaries of more recently established municipalities neighbouring the City.  In 2018, City Council initiated a process to improve relationships with these Nations; to better understand and respect their interests to these lands; and to seek ways to work together towards reconciling our past relationships.