Tsleil-Waututh Community Engagement for təmtəmíxʷtən / Belcarra Regional Park

Tsleil-Waututh Community Engagement for təmtəmíxʷtən / Belcarra Regional Park

News & UpdatesTsleil-Waututh Community Engagement for təmtəmíxʷtən / Belcarra Regional Park

Tsleil-Waututh Community Engagement for təmtəmíxʷtən / Belcarra Regional Park

təmtəmíxʷtən, also known as “the biggest place for all the people”, is one of many Tsleil-Waututh villages surrounding səlilwət (Burrard Inlet). Since time out of mind, the entire landscape of this area was used by the Tsleil-Waututh community for settlement, hunting, resource harvesting, sacred/health sites, and ceremonial uses.

In recent years, səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation) has taken significant steps to reclaim our connection to təmtəmíxʷtən and actively preserve səlilwətaɬ values and cultural heritage within the park. This is in collaboration with Metro Vancouver Regional District (MVRD) through a Cultural Planning and Co-operation Agreement that was signed in 2020.

During Fall 2023, we heard from the voices of our Tsleil-Waututh members to guide the vision of the park, in what matters most to our community. Through a Community Engagement Process with MVRD of two events and a survey, our members shared vital insight on culture and history, access and participation, learning and stewardship, and relationships.

We invite you to read a summary of engagement results from Tsleil-Waututh members, and learn more about təmtəmíxʷtən here:

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səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation) Chief Jen Thomas “səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation) Chief and Council are proud to stand with our relatives, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish Nation), as well as the City of Vancouver to celebrate ten years of the City of Reconciliation and the UNDRIP Action Plan. Vancouver has always been at the forefront of reconciliation, bringing us forward together. We know there is more work that needs to be done, but this is an important step in the right direction.”
Congratulations to Tsleil-Waututh Nation Elder Margaret George for being recognized with an honorary degree from Simon Fraser University (SFU).
“səlilwətaɬ Chief and Council are incredibly pleased to see the poles by carver Jonas Jones welcome everyone to Whey-ah-Wichen and təmtəmíxʷtən. These traditional village sites hold deep importance to our Tsleil-Waututh people, and we are pleased to have them connected in this culturally significant way. Our hands are raised in appreciation of the ongoing collaboration with our partners at Metro Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver for making this project a success.”  -Chief Jen Thomas, səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation)
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Robert Bartlett, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation), shares the following reflection after his first month as CAO.