Our territory is marked by sites where powerful beings, χe:l̕s, the transformers, visited on their travels. They transformed people into animals or aspects of the landscape. sɬχil̕əx (standing) is an import transformation site where χe:l̕s transformed a man to stone for his conduct and, like other transformer sites, reminds us of our teachings and the interconnectedness of our territory.

sɬχil̕əx is also connected to sqimək̓ʷə́lməxʷ, a spring near Musqueam. It’s said that when χe:l̕s killed a giant octopus (devilfish) at Musqueam he flung the smallest tentacle and it landed at sɬχil̕əx. For this reason, there are many small octopus here today.

The history of this place is told by the Musqueam First Nation.

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Siwash Rock, Stanley Park


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