Witness the Raising of the Musqueam Indian Band Flag at UBC’s Vancouver Campus

On February 25, 2019 the University of British Columbia (UBC) invites you to attend a ceremony with students, faculty, staff and the community to witness the raising of the Musqueam Indian Band flag at the Vancouver campus. This flag will be a constant reminder of UBC’s relationship and ongoing partnership with the Musqueam people.

Event details:

Date:          Monday, February 25, 2019
Time:         10:00 a.m.
Location:  SUB North 
Plaza, adjacent to North Parkade, UBC Vancouver Campus

Please find photos of the event on the Ceremonies & Events Flickr page.

Download the formal invitation (PDF).



UBC’s Vancouver campus sits on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Musqueam people. UBC and the Musqueam Indian Band have a long history of partnership including a long standing working relationship with the Museum of Anthropology, that was strengthened in recent years with the signing of a historic Musqueam Memorandum of Affiliation in 2006.

Other collaborative projects include:

  • Bilingual signs providing alternate street names in hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ Indigenous language unveiled April 2018
  • A Musqueam welcome pole or qeqən, carved by Musqueam artist Brent Sparrow Jr. and dedicated in April 2016 to mark the hundred-year anniversary of UBC
  • The Bridge Through Sports program, aims to use sport as a mechanism to empower Aboriginal youth in lifelong learning and make UBC more accessible to Aboriginal youth and their families
  • Musqueam Youth Program for ages 12-18
  • Musqueam 101, is a weekly community meal and speaker series to build greater cross-cultural understanding and awareness of Musqueam’s culture and historical legacy
  • The Musqueam Language Program, a sequence of 6 UBC-accredited courses in hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, the traditional Coast Salish language of this territory, developed and co-taught in collaboration with Musqueam community members. The hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language courses (UBC FNEL 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302) and Musqueam 101 are hosted in the Musqueam community.
  • The House Post of qiyǝplenǝxʷ (‘Capilano’) by Musqueam artist Brent Sparrow Jr., recognizing the relationship between the Allard School of Law and the Musqueam people

Last updated: February 28, 2019

Event Map

Download a map of the event site (PDF).



Wesbrook Mall will be fully closed between Student Union Boulevard and University Boulevard to ALL traffic, cyclists and pedestrians starting January 14, 2019.

No bus routes will be detoured. Buses will be accommodated on Wesbrook Mall during construction.

Detour routes for traffic are as follows:

    • Detour route for traffic arriving from the east via University Boulevard is Blanca Street and Chancellor Boulevard.
    • Detour route for traffic arriving from the east via 16th Avenue is 16th Avenue west to SW Marine Drive then NW Marine Drive around the north end of the campus to Wesbrook Mall.
    • Detour route for traffic arriving from the south via SW Marine Drive is to continue on NW Marine Drive around the north end of campus to Wesbrook Mall.
    • Detour route for traffic arriving from the north is either Chancellor Boulevard to Blanca Street to University Blvd or 16th Avenue, or NW Marine Drive to 16th Avenue.


Pay parking is available in the North Parkade,

Public Transportation

Please visit Translink for route information and schedules. Some UBC bus stops have changed due to construction. Buses that terminate at Student Union Blvd. will drop you off at the event site.

Accessibility Shuttle

The accessibility shuttle will be running and can be pre-booked through their website, for arrival or return trips. Shuttle stop #1 is at the event site and stop #16 at the Alumni Centre, is nearest to the University Blvd. bus loop see map for all stops.

Charter or Private Bus Transportation

Passenger drop off and pick up area is located in the fire lane lay-by located at the base of Student Union Boulevard, Vancouver BC – see  event map. All charter buses must temporarily stop on the embankment in order to keep Student Union Blvd. clear for transit and traffic. It is important to not park or leave the bus unattended while in this spot.

Buses are to be stationed at the Museum of Anthropology over the course of the event.


UBC photographers will be taking photographs at this event. Unless you indicate otherwise, you are deemed to consent to the publication of your photos. Your photographs are personal information and are collected under the authority of section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). If you do not wish to be photographed, please let the photographer know.

Additional Exhibits / Places of Interest

  • Reconciliation Pole – Agronomy and Main Mall
  • Xwi7xwa Library – 1985 West Mall – at the Longhouse
  • Musqueam qeqən – University Boulevard and East Mall
  • Museum of Anthropology (closed Mondays)