A Coast Salish Welcome to Stanley Park

Posted on July 11, 2014

Long before Vancouver’s Stanley Park was an urban green space and forested oasis serving as a recreation area for visitors and locals alike, it was the location of several significant First Nation villages and ceremonial sites. This amazing place is included in the shared territory of three Coast Salish Nations – the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh.

Captain George Vancouver encountered the local Coast Salish peoples when he explored the area in 1792, and wrote about it in his journals. Archeologists studying the park have found, among other things, burial sites and long-abandoned villages. This led them to recognize and acknowledge the First Nations villages of Xwayxway and Chaythoos.

On a recent Aboriginal-guided Forest Walk through Stanley Park, Vancouver blogger Miss604 was treated to a traditional Coast Salish Welcome Song performed by Chief Ian Campbell of the Squamish Nation. These songs are an integral part of Canadian Aboriginal culture, and are still performed today for visitors who come to BC seeking an Aboriginal cultural tourism experience.

If you are interested in learning more about #OurLivingLanguages and Coast Salish history in Stanley Park, get in touch with Candace at Talaysay Tours for more information on their cultural interpretation tours.

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