There is much we can do as settlers and migrants living here on the unceded lands and waters of the Coast Salish. Scroll down and click on projects inviting your participation. As this collection grows, we will send you an occasional enewsletter with more projects and their progress as we build this community service. Let us know what you are doing!
NEW VIDEO OF OUR 2018 PANEL AND SPEAKERS from SFU Woodwards!
Reconsider conservation: Maplewood Flats is a 300+ acre wildlife sanctuary and mudflats on the north side of Burrard Inlet. What was contiguous mudflats for thousands of years was destroyed by industrialization in recent times. Conservationists fought to reverse the damage and built the only wildlife sanctuary on the North Shore. Now, after 25 years, it is time to rethink conservation, and consider the Tsleil-Waututh and Coast Salish Peoples who stewarded the lands and waters for 99% of its history. Join the group caretaking the site, the Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia, and let's promote the Tsleil-Waututh community's use of this precious area adjacent to their 'reserve' lands.
Upcoming events like an Oct 19 Mudflats Living Coffeehouse will educate people on this shift to decolonization of wild spaces. Consider buying a membership ($15 and up) and joining the Wild Bird Trust. This is a modest but concrete way settlers can support integrating traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) into this important wildlife sanctuary on the North Shore.
Watch this panel discussion emphasizing genuine reconciliation and making territorial acknowledgements matter. Learn about Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh protocol practices and how people can integrate reconciliation steps into their own work. Deepen your practical understanding of colonialism and be an ally in confronting Coast Salish cultural erasure.
This video conversation was designed as an entry-level discussion directed towards representatives of community organisations. This is one in a series of protocol training, reconciliation and redress advocacy events Redress Vancouver friends are producing in the region.
The event was sponsored by: SFU’s Institute for the Humanities, Coast Salish Cultural Network, The Heart of the City Festival, and SFU School of Communications Graduate Caucus
SPEAKERS: Charlene Aleck / Ts’simtelot (Tsleil-Waututh), Tłakwasikan Khelsilem (Squamish), Christina Nahanee (Musqueam), and Irwin Oostindie (Dutch Settler). Moderator: Aleks Besan (Russian Settler).
On September 3, 2019, the Federal Court of Appeal tossed out all non-Indigenous cases challenging the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion. The good news is that six First Nations will have their day in court, and are part of the joint RAVEN-Sierra Club BC’s Pull Together campaign. Unconscionably, at the same time, the court dismissed concerns about threats to orca whale survival and minimized the climate impact of a project that could push us past the tipping point.
Now, Indigenous Nations alone are holding the ground against the TMX expansion: the court imposed a short and extremely narrow timeline in which to weigh evidence on whether the federal cabinet carried out its duty to consult before it approved TMX in June. More than ever before, we need to get behind these cases so that First Nations have a fighting chance in court. Please donate here.
Support local languages: Ever consider how many hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent by the federal government to lift up French in Vancouver? Respond to Crown attempts to exterminate Coast Salish languages by supporting the work of Kwi Awt Stelmexw for language revitalization in the Squamish community.