The Squamish people are an indigenous people whose homeland includes the present day area of Squamish, British Columbia.
They have inhabited an area of southwestern British Columbia that includes North and West Vancouver, Howe Sound, Whistler, the areas surrounding the tributaries entering Howe Sound, Burrard Inlet, and English Bay.
St’á7mes is a community located near the south entrance to the town of Squamish, which lies below the Stawamus Chief, which gets its name from that village.
Mámx̱wem is where the Mamquam River name comes from as well.
Squamish territory comprises 6,732 km2, though lands controlled by the Squamish Nation band government are relatively scarce, and on Indian reserves only, though the Squamish Nation must be, like other native governments, consulted on developments within their people's territory.
Residents of Indian Reserves are not governed by the District of Squamish but by the Squamish Nation.
The word Squamish derives from the name of the people which in their language is Sḵwx̱wú7mesh.
The people reside primarily on a number of Indian Reserves owned and managed by the Squamish Nation in the Squamish Valley area.Kiteboarding and windsurfing are popular water sports in Squamish during the summer.Predictable wind on warm sunny days makes the Squamish Spit a top kiteboarding location in western Canada.The Squamish Nation's population and Indian Reserves also include villages in North Vancouver and a number of other reserves at Gibsons and elsewhere in the general region.The name Keh Kait was the traditional name for the site of downtown Squamish.Squamish is also a popular destination among Greater Vancouver hikers, mountaineers and backcountry skiers, who visit the large provincial parks in the surrounding Coast Mountains.