Maplewood Flats Conservation Area is situated within the traditional and unceded territory of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. The area has been occupied by Tsleil-Waututh and Coast Salish People since time immemorial. Prior to settler contact and industrialization, the region featured contiguous mudflats across Burrard Inlet.
Adjacent to Maplewood Flats is the TWN community and village site, as well as resource harvesting sites such as an ancient fish weir located on the mudflats. The mudflats provided food security for the TWN and were managed for fish, shellfish, waterfowl and other resources.
The Indigenous knowledge of wild birds and Coast Salish culture in this public space signals a collaborative path forward where the local ways of knowing are honoured and shared in culturally appropriate ways. In this way, Maplewood Flats’ programs connect Coast Salish culture with the greater Vancouver public and promotes reconciliation and redress.