LETTER: Lions Gate Bridge was built on stolen land

Dear Editor:

Re: Bridge to the Future, Nov. 14 Upfront story.

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Thank you for remembering the Lions Gate Bridge whose existence precludes ours in every sense, in every part of the city proper and its expansion. Unfortunately, the most startling facts of its origin are missing. It was built on stolen land and remains on the unceded lands of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. They were forced from their land for capitalist ventures financed from afar. Not a tarnished nickle landed in First Nations’ coffers. Yet, profits for some have mirrored the rise of “communities” up the mountains with unspeakable developments yet to come. The developer’s bulldozer may shape a world renowned golf course and author positive balance sheets but it does not pen the histories of human societies.

Colonial history continues but cannot better itself by writing from its perspective.

Lilia d’Acres
Author, Lions Gate (1999), Secrets of the Span: Lions Gate Renewed (2016)

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