“We are Tsleil-Waututh Nation, “People of the Inlet”, a distinct Coast Salish nation whose territory includes Burrard Inlet, the waters draining into it and the surrounding shores. Our oral history tells us up to 10,000 Tsleil-Waututh members lived in our traditional territory, before contact with Europeans. The families of TWN ancestors traveled throughout the territory, keeping villages in different locations so that they could live wherever seasonal resources were plentiful that were connected by the waterways that were considered our highways.
Our knowledge of the lands and waters of our territory has shaped our people. Many generations have lived and thrived in this area, and we have a sacred trust, a responsibility to care for and restore our traditional territory to its former state. Our holistic vision seeks to balance ethical growth with Tsleil-Waututh values, and our stewardship of the land, air, and water is deeply ingrained in our culture because we understand the health of our people is interconnected with the environment we inhabit.
Today our nation is over 500 people strong and growing. We draw on the knowledge of our ancestors to reclaim our territory and traditions and advance into a bright future. As always, we remain committed to caring for and healing our traditional territory, and we are rebuilding our culture and environment so future generations can thrive as our ancestors have.”