Origin Notes and History:
Adopted 8 November 2002 on 92G/2 and 92G/3 as a well-established local name. (See Burns Bog Ecosystem Review, March 2000 by provincial government's Environmental Assessment Office)
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Refers to the former land owner, Dominic Burns, brother of Burns Meat Packing Company founder Patrick Burns, whose pioneering shipments of beef to the miners in Dawson during the Yukon Gold Rush 1897-98 solidified the business as one of the giants in western Canada.
Source: BC place name cards & correspondence, and/or research by BC Chief Geographer & Geographical Names Office staff.
Maqwum is the traditional name for Burns Bog. Maqwum is the Hun'qum'i'num word for bog, but it may also be a reference to the name of a plant that is harvested there.
Source: "Tsawwassen First Nation Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge Study" by Tsawwassen members, 2001-02.
There are Tsawwassen legends that are associated with this bog; it is one of the places that young men would go to seek spiritual power. Other legends tell of mythical bodies of water and the dangerous creatures that dwelt within them. The bog is also a significant plant gathering site, and was historically (and pre-historically) an important hunting site for bear, deer and beaver, among other animals. Tsawwassen and other Hun'qum'i'num peoples harvested not only sphagnum but also cranberries, Labrador tea, bog blueberries, and other plants for a variety of purposes. (Source: This information was provided by Tsawwassen and Musqueam Elders during a series of interviews during 1997. References to the legends can be found in "Tsawwassen Legends" by Edgar Dunning, 1961. The place was re-confirmed by Tsawwassen Elders within the "Tsawwassen First Nation Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge Study", by Tsawwassen members, 2001-02.)
Source: included with note