ST'EX...A FORK IN THE RIVER
For countless generations, the Kwantlen People and other local neighbouring First Nations communities lived in villages along the lower Fraser River that shaped a vibrant cultural landscape.
At each of these villages, Kwantlen descendants and ancestors resided in cedar longhouses, lived off the abundant resources of Mother Earth, gathered and shared with family from up and down the river based on traditional protocols and teachings. Though these villages are now largely urbanized, Kwantlen maintains a strong, sacred connection to each of these places. Today, our main village is Fort Langley, still along the shores of the Fraser River. Following our rich legacy and traditions, we continue to work tirelessly at building a strong sense of community within our Traditional Territory.
sťex means ‘Fork in the River’ in our heńqemińem language. This fork represents the important decisions the Kwantlen community will make regarding the future lands, resources, economic development, and most importantly, culture and well-being. Kwantlen is a progressive community that looks to the future while respecting the past, and looks at the sťex as an opportunity to benefit the lives of future generations.
As you sit with your coffee, perhaps you are contemplating your own important decisions; we hope you enjoy this organic, artisan roast coffee to accompany you throughout life’s many sťex.