The Vancouver school was first given the name snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ in 2016, as the school sits on unceded traditional Musqueam territory. The name means ‘house of teachings’ in the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language, and refers to advice given to a child as they grow.
“We are very proud to share our new dual-name identity. Given our campus location on what was once a Musqueam village, it was important for us to honour the gift of the name snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ by fully incorporating it into our institutional identity,” said Langara president and CEO Lane Trotter in a statement Monday. “This work is the next step in our continuing relationship with the Musqueam, and we hope it will help Indigenous students feel even more welcome on our campus.”