Canada: The bold new plan for an Indigenous-led development in Vancouver

A rendering of how the new First Nations district Senakw could look from the Burrard Street Bridge. Photograph: Revery Architecture

The scrubby, vacant patch beneath the Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver looks at first glance like a typical example of the type of derelict nook common to all cities: 11.7 acres of former railway lands, over which tens of thousands of people drive every day.

This is not any old swath of underused space, however. It’s one of Canada’s smallest First Nations reserves, where dozens of Squamish families once lived. The village was destroyed by provincial authorities more than a century ago.

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  • kamtanblog  On 01/05/2020 at 1:16 am

    Interesting prognosis for future city developers/
    creators. Only time will tell if city expansionist
    policies is way forward.

    Remain sceptical


  • Trevor  On 01/05/2020 at 5:51 pm

    “It’s one of Canada’s smallest First Nations reserves, where dozens of Squamish families once lived. The village was destroyed by provincial authorities more than a century ago”

    If “Squamish” is a tribe, then that tribe should be compensated for the land that was stolen from them by the greedy British.

    • kamtanblog  On 01/06/2020 at 12:03 am

      Beg to differ…
      Rather than a “lump sum” pay off (compensation) why not
      “Lease” land at today’s market rate…lifelong
      compensation for next generations of tribe.
      Land ownership is “raw” capitalism.
      The planet belongs to all not a few but the

      Says simple Simon
      New world order.
      It is 2020

  • Clyde Duncan  On 01/05/2020 at 7:28 pm

    Trevor: Here is a List of First Nations Reserves in British Columbia:

    The Reserves belong to the First Peoples

    Incidentally, Guyana-born, Sir James Douglas, is the First Governor of British Columbia – 19 November 1858.

    There is a statue of his likeness at the birthplace of British Columbia, Fort Langley and another – made from the same mould – at his birthplace, Mahaica, Demerara.

    To this day, people walk by the statue in front of the Fort and ask, “Who is he?”

    You may find the same experience in Mahaica, Guyana.

    Douglas’ Father was a white man from Scotland and his Mother was a Black woman from Barbados [Douglas’ Mother was NOT a slave]. The first Lieutenant-Governor was Barbados-born, Colonel Richard Moody.

    It would be a happy day when Guyana and Barbados celebrate their status as Fathers of British Columbia and Sons of the Caribbean. Together they kept British Columbia in Canada.

    Douglas signed several Treaties with the First Peoples that were ignored by the Governor that replaced him.

    By the way, James Douglas and His First Nations Wife, Lady Amelia, were the First People of Colour, Chief Administrators any where in North America.

    November 1858 – in Canada and a Hundred and Fifty Years Later ….
    November 2008 – President Barack – and First Lady Michelle Obama – was elected in the USA.

    • kamtanblog  On 01/06/2020 at 12:16 am

      Wow ! History reincarnate !

      Squatters have legal rights today…with
      compensation for eviction through courts.
      As suggested
      Leasing as opposed to land ownership way
      forward….or compensation by combination
      of both…lump sum/leasing.
      Land ownership is raw capitalistic speculative greed.The ugly !

      In my opinion
      For the many not the few.

      Kamtan 🇬🇧🇬🇾🇪🇸🇬🇧👽

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