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The ''Stó:lō'' are a group of First Nations peoples inhabiting the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, Canada. Nineteen Stó:lō First Nations are mutually affiliated as the Stó:lô Nation. They traditionally speak the Upriver dialect of Halq’eméylem, one of the Salishan languages|Salishan family of languages of the Coast Salish peoples. ''Stó:lō'' is the Halq’eméylem word for the Fraser River. The Stó:lō are thus ''the river people''.

The first traces of a people living in the Fraser Valley date from 8,000 to 10,000 years ago. ''S'ólh Téméxw'' is the Halq’eméylem word the people use to refer to their traditional territory. These early inhabitants of the area were highly mobile hunter-gatherers. Some areas show that in spring and early summer, they came here to hunt land and sea mammals, such as deer, elk, and Pinniped|seals and, to a lesser extent, fish for salmon, stickleback, eulachon, and sturgeon and gather shellfish. Their social structure was egalitarian and family-based. Their livelihood depended on their success at harvesting the resources of the land and the rivers through fishing, foraging and hunting.

Stó:lō elders describe their connection to the land in the statement "we have always been here."


This section is about colours and how to say different colours in Halq'eméylem.

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This section is about numbers and how to count and say different numbers in Halq'eméylem.

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Ethnobotany Walk

This section teaches us about wildlife and how to recognize many plants used by the Stó:lō people.

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Family Members

This section teaches us how to say different family members in Halq'eméylem.

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This section teaches us how to say different greetings and phrases in Halq'eméylem.

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This section teaches us how to say simple phrases in relation to manners in Halq'eméylem.

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This section teaches us how to say words that are opposites in Halq'eméylem.

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Seasons of the Moon

This section teaches us about how the Sto:lo year follows the lunar year.

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This section teaches us about some of the verbs in Halq'eméylem.

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What is the Weather?

Here you will find resources in relation to the Weather.

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