Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada

The Languages of those who came first

The Gulf Islands and the neighbouring San Juan Islands have been used by First Nations for thousands of years and this connection continues today.

Nineteen First Nations have a historical interest in Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (GINPR) and GINPR is committed to working with all of them. Towards this end, GINPR has worked in cooperation with our First Nations neighbours to develop this website. It presents First Nation place names in the Hul'q'umi'num' language. We welcome site users to join us in learning to say these First Nations place names.

This website feature is an ongoing project and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve is hoping to include the place names of other Coast Salish language groups in the near future.

Click on any of the hotspots on the map below to hear the Hul'q'umi'num' (yellow hotspots) word for that place.

Use the minimap on the lower right to navigate through the map and the slider to zoom in and out.

If you would like to download a high resolution copy of the map for printing or viewing click here (JPG, 848  Kb) or .

Hul'q'umi'num Logo click here to learn more about the Hul'q'umi'num language