Page 24

TODAY Tsleil-Waututh has continuously occupied eastern Burrard Inlet since

time immemorial. The community continues to use many resources from this area and to carry out our stewardship responsibilities. However, the abundance and cleanliness of the inlet has diminished over time. Urban, commercial, and industrial development have threatened the foundation of the Tsleil-Waututh subsistence economy—salmon, herring, clams, and birds—making these resources scarce, contaminated, or inaccessible. Out of necessity, the nation has created a contemporary economy. It is based on real estate development, green energy, natural resource management, cultural tourism, and related business enterprises. The contemporary economy helps, but for cultural, spiritual, and health reasons, it is not a substitute for our subsistence economy. Strong governance and the revitalization of our traditional language have brought a cultural renaissance to Tsleil-Waututh. The community maintains its obligation to our ancestors and to future generations. We regularly conduct cultural work, sometimes at shoreline locations less than a kilometre from Westridge Marine Terminal. If this work takes place out on the water in canoes, it can occur in very close proximity to tankers arriving, departing, anchored, or berthed. As part of our stewardship responsibilities, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation is actively implementing laws, policies, and actions that aim to ensure a healthy and prosperous future for our people, water, land, air, and resources. We remain committed to enduring as a strong political, social, economic, and cultural community.

24

Profile for Tseil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust Initiative

Tseil-Waututh Nation Assessment of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and Tanker Expansion Proposal  

Landmark independent assessment by the Tsleil-Wautuh Nation of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The assessment applies TWN'...

Tseil-Waututh Nation Assessment of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and Tanker Expansion Proposal  

Landmark independent assessment by the Tsleil-Wautuh Nation of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The assessment applies TWN'...

Advertisement