The official groundbreaking for the VPL nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona branch library and YWCA Cause We Care House project was held Monday, January 19, 2015 – marking a milestone for the facility that Mayor Gregor Robertson says has been “a long time coming”. The groundbreaking was a huge success and a Coast Salish brushing-off ceremony led by Chief Ian Campbell preceded the event.
For more detailed media coverage, please visit: http://www.cityspaces.ca/vancouver-public-library-construction-begins/
THE NAMING OF THE NEW LIBRARY
The Vancouver Public Library announced the name of the newest branch – nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona branch, which encompasses the idea of ‘we are one’ in the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ (Musqueam) language. It’s the first major civic building in Vancouver to have an official aboriginal name.
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Pronunciation guide for nə́c̓aʔmat ct
There are a large number of sounds in hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ that aren’t in English. To represent them accurately, the standardized symbols of the North American Phonetic Alphabet (NAPA) are used.
The following is a pronunciation guide to facilitate your engagement with the words
We are one
The first syllable nə́c̓ is pronounced in a way that is very similar to the English word nuts
The unstressed ʔa is identical to the underlined vowel in but
The “a” in the last syllable is the same as the underlined vowel in father
-“mat” also rhymes with the name Mott as in Mott’s Clamato juice
The two letters at the end sound like “tst”
Pronunciation guide for hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓
|hən̓q̓||rhymes with the English word hunk* but the q̓ is pronounced a bit farther down the throat than the k|
|əm||is like the sound you might make when you’re thinking about something and you say “uhm”|
|i||is identical to the underlined vowel in pizza|
|n̓əm̓||sounds very much like the word numb|
* letters with corresponding apostrophes are glottalized
The Library Naming Project
In December 2013, VPL began asking Vancouverites to suggest a name for our newest branch at 720-730 East Hastings. We were delighted to receive more than 400 submissions via our print and online suggestions forms, and the Board will announce the branch’s new name by the summer.
For more information, see the December 2013 news release at: http://www.vpl.ca/news/details/vpls_newest_branch_needs_a_name_and_the_library_is_asking_for_suggestions.