Vera CW.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver Heritage Fair


How the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation lived in Burrard Inlet for thousands of years.




What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

Since 1972, pollution has been too great in Burrard Inlet. The pollution was the result of European development. This development made the shellfish too polluted to eat, and killed many salmon runs.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I learned that without the Tsleil-Waututh people, Vancouver wouldn't be like it is today. The Tsleil-Waututh still live in Burrard Inlet. Their lives are a mix of traditional and modern.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

My modern life is very different from traditional Tsleil-Watuth life. I go to a school, but Tsleil-Watuth children did not. I live in a house with just my mom and dad. They lived in long houses with their entire family including aunts and uncles. I eat more green and processed food. They ate wild berries, animals, and fish that they caught.