SNUNEYMUXW  () (Nanaimo) First Nation are a Central Coast Salish (see SALISHAN FIRST NATIONS) group of Island HALKOMELEM-speakers who were living around NANAIMO harbour and in the watershed of the Nanaimo R when the first Europeans arrived. Nanaimo is an anglicized variant of their name. Archaeological evidence shows that ancestors of the Snuneymuxw had been living in the area for thousands of years (see ARCHAEOLOGY; PREHISTORY). At contact...

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