Stanley Park and The Legends That Live On

Written by Jenna Mossop
Curated and Installed by Jenna Mossop and Rachel Lige

The Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples have lived along the Burrard Inlet since time immemorial. European settlement and the establishment of Vancouver in 1886 brought significant change to the land and the people of the West Coast.
As Europeans settled, Indigenous communities were forcibly displaced from their ancestral lands. The creation of Stanley Park in 1888, for instance, led to the relocation of one of the oldest Indigenous settlements along the inlet and changed the land’s purpose.

This exhibition explores this transitional time in Stanley Park’s history, its formation and the cost to the Coast Salish people who had been living in the area