The Jericho Lands are a 90 acre site in Vancouver’s West Point Grey Neighbourhood. The Site is bound by West 4th Avenue to the north, Highbury Street to the east, West 8th Avenue to the south and Trimble Park to the west. The eastern 52-acres of Jericho Lands were previously used by the Department of National Defence and the Seaforth Armory, and continue to provide housing for military members. The western 38-acres are currently home to West Point Grey Academy, a co-educational private school, and the Jericho Hill Community Centre.
When we think of the area we call ʔəy̓alməxʷ / Iy̓álmexw (now called Jericho), it reminds us of our deep connections to these territories, our relations, and our responsibilities to both. These places are essential reminders of who we are and where we come from.
ʔəy̓alməxʷ / Iy̓álmexw is part of an interconnected network of cultural sites that exist throughoutMusqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories. For thousands of years, these have been the lands and waters on which we have resided, worked, and followed our cultural customs. These territories offered our ancestors a life of abundance with smelt, coho, and chum from the creeks and sea, and deer and elk from the uplands. It was a place to gather materials for homes and our families. Today, these lands offer us, the descendants of those original peoples, a new form of abundance.
ʔəy̓alməxʷ / Iy̓álmexw was connected to other villages and campsites by a network of trails radiating across our territories. In our oral history, it was from there an ancestor to many Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh families named qiyəplenəxʷ / Ḵiyapelánexw gathered warriors to defend against northern people who would raid our various communities. It was also a site of many large communal cedar plank longhouses that measured hundreds of feet in length where thousands of guests from the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, up the coast, and Puget Sound would be hosted at gatherings organized by the residents of ʔəy̓alməxʷ / Iy̓álmexw.
The redevelopment of the Jericho Lands is a generational opportunity for us to reaffirm these relationships – to honour our heritage, to rebuild our communities, and celebrate our unique identity. This building of a new ʔəy̓alməxʷ / Iy̓álmexw (Jericho) is to remind ourselves, and educate all local residents, about the essential connections between our three Nations, and our ongoing connection to these places we have called home for so many generations.
The Jericho Lands are located in Vancouver’s West Point Grey Neighbourhood. The surrounding neighbourhood is residential in character and includes significant parks, schools and commercial districts.
The site is walking distance from a number of city and neighbourhood amenities, including:
Jericho Beach Park and Trimble Park.
Express bus service to the University of British Columbia and Vancouver City Centre.
Commercial retail and service districts along West 4th Avenue, Broadway and West 10th Avenue.
Community recreation facilities including the Jericho Hill Community Centre, Aberthou Mansion,West Point Grey Community Centre and Lord Byng Pool & Fitness Centre.
Excellent schools including Queen Mary Elementary, Bayview Elementary, General Gordon Elementary, Queen Elizabeth Elementary, Ecole Jules Quesnel, Lord Byng Secondary, Kitsilano Secondary, West Point Grey Academy.
A partnership of the Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish First Nation and Tsleil-Waututh First Nation (collectively the MST Partnership) and Canada Lands Company have entered into a historic joint venture partnership, the first of its kind in Canada. The Joint Venture Partnership is now working to undertake planning processes for the redevelopment of two parcels of land in the City of Vancouver.
Our goal is to transform these lands into inspiring, progressive and sustainable new neighbourhoods that are welcoming and a benefit to the community, while being harmoniously integrated with the local neighbourhoods there today.
In doing this, we want to optimize the value of these lands, generating opportunities and careersfor members of the Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation, and generating a return on investment for all of the partners, and Canadians.
We will be undertaking extensive public engagement, as part of the municipally-led Policy Statement planning processes. The input we receive, along with municipal policies, technical requirements, exploration of best practices, and creative thinking will inform and inspire our plans for these lands.