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Land Acknowledgement

As you may know, Vancouver is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples (MST). Before there were cities like Vancouver here, they lived on and stewarded these territories and these lands continue to be the foundation of thousands of years of living culture of MST and we acknowledge hən̓’qəmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwxwú7mesh as the original languages of this place.

These lessons have been designed to help students like you understand how modern cities work, and how decisions are made. That being said, these systems of government and of land use are the result of settlers coming and forcing their ways on the local lands and people who continue to face dispossession and colonial violence. . As a result of this (what we call colonization), many of the experiences, cultures, and communities of the First Peoples have been erased from the landscape.

It’s important to remember that the purpose for understanding the past is to be part of a more positive future! Let’s all think about how decisions moving forward can help to repair those relationships between Indigenous peoples and settlers. While we’re working through these activities about Vancouver, think about what it means for you to be on unceded territory and what responsibilities you have to the host Nations and to the Indigenous peoples that have stewarded these lands.

Education Portal

Here is a quick introduction on what is to come for this section

PART 1: How Cities Work

Hello and welcome to Part 1 of the Young Planners program! This program will guide you through five special modules all about How Cities Work.

Part 1 includes five different modules all about cities and how they work. Each module should take 15-30 minutes to complete.

In addition to the online modules, a full teaching guide can be found here.

Let’s get started!

PART 2: Exploring the City

Now that you know a bit more about what cities are and how they work, Part 2 will guide you through activities about how we experience the City and how we can it better in the future.

Part 2 includes four different activities that you can do with your class or on your own.  Each activity is flexible and can be completed as quickly (or as slowly!) as you want!

In addition to the online activity guides, a full teaching guide can be found here.