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Kitsilano Indian Reserve: Contact to Today

November 7, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Allotted by the colony of British Columbia in the 1860s and expanded in 1876 after the colony joined Canada, the Squamish Indian Reserve Kitsilano No. 6 amounted to 80 acres at the mouth of False Creek. It included the age-old Coast Salish village site of Sen̓áḵw. In 2002, a unanimous five-judge panel of the British Columbia Court of Appeal upheld a trial court decision that approximately 10.5 acres of the former Kitsilano reserve, which had since disappeared from the maps of the region, should again be Indian reserve. With the decision, the reserve reappeared in the heart of Vancouver. What happened to it between 1876 and 2002? How did it disappear? And what about the other 70 acres, most of which are now Vanier Park, the Molson Brewery site, city streets, or office and apartment buildings? This talk by Douglas Harris, the Nathan T. Nemetz Chair in Legal History at UBC, explores the history of the Kitsilano Indian Reserve and the changing legal framework that surrounds what might come next on this important parcel of land.

In partnership with the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, our Heritage Lecture series offers illustrated talks that look at the history of Vancouver, covering the events, movements, and people that shaped our city. The talks are co-hosted by Vancouver Heritage Foundation and the Hycroft Heritage Preservation Foundation.

NOTE: the location for this event has changed to the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club on 16th and Fir 

Photo credit: View of the West End 1906 – from Vancouver Public Library

$10 – UWCV Members
$15 – Non-Members


November 7, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club
1630 W 15th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6J 2K7 Canada
(604) 731-2191


The University Women’s Club of Vancouver
604 731 4661