State of the Salish Sea, Salish Sea, cumulative effects, ecosystem, urbanization, climate change, Burrard Inlet, Tsleil-Waututh Nation
Since time out of mind, Tsleil-Waututh have used and occupied Burrard Inlet and surrounding watersheds. Generations of Tsleil-Waututh people were brought up with the teaching, “When the tide went out, the table was set.” About 90% of our diet was once derived from Burrard Inlet and the Fraser River, but today the Inlet is unable to support our needs. Cumulative effects of colonial settlement and development have eroded the ecological health, integrity, and diversity of the Inlet. Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN) has a goal to restore the health of the Inlet so that we, and future generations of Tsleil-Waututh People, can once again harvest wild marine resources and continue to practice our cultural and ceremonial activities in a clean and healthy environment. The return of herring and orcas shows us that the Inlet is coming back, but there is more work to be done, and we need to do the work together.
State of the Salish Sea
Salish Sea Institute
Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s Treaty Lands and Resources Department. (2021). Vignette 8: Connection to Place: Indigenous Leadership in səlilwət (Burrard Inlet). Carleen Thomas, Anuradha Rao, Sarah Dal Santo, Lindsey Ogston, and Spencer Taft (Contributors). In K.L. Sobocinski, State of the Salish Sea. Salish Sea Institute, Western Washington University. https://doi.org/10.25710/vfhb-3a69.
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