Maplewood Flats Conservation Area is situated within the traditional and unceded territory of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN). Adjacent to Maplewood Flats is the TWN community and village site, as well as resource harvesting sites located on the mudflats such as an ancient fish weir. The mudflats provided food security for the TWN and were managed for fish, shellfish, waterfowl, and other resources.
This richness of historic and current TWN presence and cultural practices is little known in the broader community. The WBT is working to reflect and acknowledge TWN culture and to collaboratively develop opportunities for TWN members to participate in the stewardship of Maplewood Flats.
Osprey by Jordan Gallie (Tsleil-Waututh)
Since Maplewood Flats was designated as a Conservation Area in 1993, the site has been managed by the Wild Bird Trust (WBT), a non-profit charitable organization.The establishment of the Conservation Area protected the land from development and preserving it for bird and wildlife use, but may have furthered the exclusion of the Tsleil-Waututh community. In 2017, the WBT Board of Directors determined the need for the development of a long term management plan to address reconciliation with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and to focus on emerging ecological issues at the site. This will be reflected in the Habitat and Cultural Use Plan for the site, which we are in the process of developing.
Wild Bird Trust Statement on Reconciliation
Motion adopted by the WBT Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Kevin M. Bell
director-at-large (Liaison with Tsleil-waututh)
Conservation Area Manager
Habitat & Cultural Use Plan
Habitat Committee Chair
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