Daniel Francis

Reading the National Narrative

Books and Talks

Feb 28, 2024

Two things to draw your attention to.

First, a fine new book by and about the Squamish Nation. Tiná7 Cht Ti Temíxw: We Come From This Land describes the history and future of the Squamish, whose traditional territory includes Howe Sound and the shores of Burrard Inlet. One chapter, for example, tells the story of Senákw, a village site in False Creek with a complicated history of dispossession where the Squamish are now involved in a large, and controversial, development project. Reliable sources about the history of local First Nations are not easy to come by so this book is very welcome. Produced by Page Two Books, one of Vancouver's leading boutique publishers, it is also gorgeous to look at.

Second, the latest online offering from the Vancouver Historical Society is a talk by Laura Saimoto about the Renfrew Heights neighbourhood of east Vancouver. This subdivision was developed post-WWII to provide housing for returning vets and their families. Laura also talks about the Italian Cultural Centre which is located nearby and where her talk took place. As I have mentioned before, the Historical Society posts most of its talk on YouTube so take some time to look at what else is on offer.