My Giant Canada150+ Chalk Labyrinth in shape of a Maple Leaf… – Jack Poole Plaza – Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territory

On this Canada Day 2017, I found my way to Jack Poole Plaza in Downtown Vancouver and the big empty space of interlocking bricks immediately north of the Olympic Cauldron which was lit up to mark Canada150.

I chalked out a Giant Maple Leaf which contained a Labyrinth.

It was enjoyed almost immediately by many.

It was also walked over, invisible to many.

This City, Vancouver, has added a “+” to their Canada150 observances of the year.

That “+” is to acknowledge Indigenous Peoples and their Unceded Coast Salish Territory upon which we as settlers/colonizers now occupy.

To many in Vancouver, Indigenous People and their Territory are now seen and acknowledged.

To many elsewhere in Canada, Indigenous People and their Territory remain invisible.


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  • Land Acknowledgements

    Traditional: recognizes lands traditionally used and/or occupied by the People or First Nations in parts of the country.

    Ancestral: recognizes land that is handed down from generation to generation.

    Unceded: refers to land that was not turned over to the Crown (government) by a treaty or other agreement.

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  • Vancouver

    Labyrinths are made on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples –

    Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish),

    Stó:lō and

    Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)

    and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

    Labyrinths are made in traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of

    the Kwantlen,

    the Katzie,

    the Semiahmoo

    and Tsawwassen First Nations.