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The Jericho Beach name comes from Jeremiah Rogers, an operator for a logging camp in the area in 1860’s. The name is said to be "either a corruption of "Jerry's Cove" or else as a corruption of his company's name, Jerry & Co.".
Iy̓ál̓mexw was recorded by our elders as once being settlement where Squamish people lived prior to European contact. Ancestors of present-day Musqueam people were said by our southern relatives to also have once be living there as well. The name, pronounced iyál̓məxʷ in Squamish and ʔəy̓ál̓məxʷ in downriver Halkomelem, was said by language speakers of both languages to mean "good land" or "good spring water".
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Ch’ich’íy̓uy / Elhx̱wín̓
Nch’ḵáy̓ refers to Mount Garibaldi and the Cheekeye River that flows from it. Sch’eḵ’ is the Squamish word for "dirty" and ay̓ is a suffix refer to "place". Thus Nch’ḵay̓ means "Dirty Place". This sacred mountain is a well known mountain that the Squamish People tied their canoes to during the last Great Flood.
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1937 Khatsahlano Place Name Map
Available for order for $35 + shipping. This special 27’’ x 40’’ glossy poster is a re-issuing of the 1937 Squamish Place Name Map done by Vancouver archivist Major Mathews and Squamish historian August Jack Khatsahlano. The map shows places where Squamish language speakers had names for.
OhThePlaces.com is a interactive place name map showing areas used and remembered by Squamish Language speakers. Place names added show pronunciation by syllable, designation of the area, and interpretations of the names into English.