7mesh isn’t a real word. But it was inspired by a very important one.
Over the last century anthropologists have worked alongside members of the Squamish Nation to document their spoken language. In the late 1900’s work with the BC Native Language Project developed the writing system used today, resulting in our town being known as Squamish / Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh. We adopted our name in celebration of this amazing spirit of collaboration, and in respect for the people & place that make this community so special.
However Canada's history of colonialism and treatment of indigenous peoples is dark, and needs to be recognized. BC is home to 34 distinct indigenous languages, all of which are endangered. These languages were severely impacted over many decades by government policies designed to eliminate First Nations’ cultures completely.
At 7mesh we are on a learning journey, and we encourage all Canadians to familiarize themselves with the difficult parts of our history, including residential schools and the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Let’s celebrate positive steps - but also recognize we have a long, long way to go.
Several organizations champion the revitalization of First Nations language and culture in Canada. 7mesh has donated to:
Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh Lil̓wat7úl Cultural Centre
First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation
New Hope Community Bikes
Indigenous Youth Mountain Bike Program