Lower Mainland

Southwest BC

50 Places, 50 Stories

On the mainland of southwest BC, diverse mountain ecosystems, glaciers and dry plateaus give way to river deltas and ancient rainforests on the coast.

A great number of distinct Indigenous Nations have called these lands and waters their territory for millennia, living in deep relationship with the cedar, salmon, whales and mountain dwelling species here. You can explore the plants and animals of southwest BC on Sierra Club BC’s Ecomap.



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Adam Reid

50 Places Project: Burrard Inlet

səl̓ilw̓ət (Sleilwaut) is the Hun’qumyi’num name for Burrard Inlet and Indian Arm. It’s the place from which the səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) people derive their name. Tsleil-Waututh means “The People of the Inlet.” This marine area lies within the territory of the səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) peoples.

Sierra Club BC’s 50 Places Project

The 50 Places Project celebrates 50 stories of conservation across BC.

As Sierra Club BC marks fifty years of conservation work, we raise our hands to the longtime Indigenous stewards of fifty special places in BC. In many cases, Sierra Club BC and our partners have also played a role in helping protect these places.

Through Indigenous Guardian programs and sharing of deep and specialized knowledge between generations, Indigenous peoples continue to lead the way in conservation.

We invite you to celebrate these stories with us and find out how you can help create more lasting solutions for conservation now and into the future. 

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