First Nations and the Bog

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We’re currently reviewing our approach to the content on this page. We’re looking forward to working with more appropriate sources to provide relevant information about the complex histories First Nations have had with this land for millennia. For now, please take the content on this page as a starting point. We encourage you to dive deeper!

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This land hasn't always been known as "Burns Bog"

Burns Bog is part of the the traditional, unceded territories of several First Nations, including the Tsawwassen, Musquam, Stó:lō, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Kwantlen, Kwikwetlem, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. These Nations have cared for this land in many ways, gathering medicines, food, and other materials while ensuring that it remains in good health for future generations.

The bog would certainly not look the way it does today without the long-lasting relationships First Nations have had with this place and its non-human inhabitants. Although most of Burns Bog came under private ownership in the late-1800s, members of these First Nations continue to maintain caring relationships with the land whenever and however possible.

A future where Burns Bog is thriving is only possible when First Nations are leading its stewardship. We are starting to take our first steps towards this goal across our organization. If you have any questions about this transition or would like to get involved, please contact mark@burnsbog.org.

To learn more about the First Nations mentioned on this page and other First Nations in B.C., including their diverse languages, governance systems, and treaty negotiations, visit the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations website.