Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Vera Vancouver, British Columbia

Fair address: Vancouver Heritage Fair

Project: Tsleil-Waututh

How the Tsleil-Wauthuth First Nation lived in Burrard Inlet for thousands of years.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

Since 1972, pollution has been too great in Burrard Inlet. The pollution was the result of European development. This development made the shellfish too polluted to eat, and killed many salmon runs.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I learned that without the Tsleil-Wauthuth poeple, Vancouver wouldn't be like it is today. The Tsleil-Waututh still live in Burrard Inlet. Their lives are a mix of traditional and modern.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

My modern life is very different from traditional Tsleil-Watuth life. I got to a school, but Tsleil-Watuth children did not. I live in a house with just my mom and dad. They lived in long houses with their entire family including aunts and uncles. I eat more green and processed food. They ate wild berries, animals, and fish that they caught.

  • Jason Baybutt

    Vera you are amazing. Great job!
    22/06/2017 12:30:01 AM

  • Sabiq

    Good job Vera!
    19/06/2017 8:44:15 PM

  • Penny Salazar

    Interesting information and great research Vera! They way they eat the clams they find is how I eat ice cream right now :) Some things just don't change
    14/06/2017 3:14:01 PM

  • A Jim

    What an interesting topic.
    14/06/2017 11:05:58 AM

  • Wayne Chew

    Great job Vera!
    13/06/2017 1:02:56 PM

  • Mrs. Matterson

    Excellent work, Vera!
    13/06/2017 12:01:14 PM

  • Debbie Hilton

    Thank-you very much for your presentation! I appreciate your research.
    13/06/2017 8:44:02 AM

  • Sam

    12/06/2017 10:13:38 PM

  • Faye

    Very well researched and presented!
    12/06/2017 8:46:28 PM

  • Talia Todd

    Good job Vera! You were very funny and I like how you chose a topic you didn't know about because you wanted to learn more!
    12/06/2017 6:43:09 PM

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