The False Creek Watershed Society acknowledges the hospitality of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil'waututh First Nations, on whose ancestral and unceded territory the watershed is located.
The purposes of the False Creek Watershed Society are to provide education on:
History - Natural and Human
Education - Place Based
Sustainability - for Urban Centres
History- Local / First Nations
Read our full Mission Statement
Artwork: Salmon icon and FCWS logo by Celia Brauer
Water Pollution in False Creek: After Settlement and Now
The Ecological Economics
of False Creek
a discussion of False Creek's post-colonial
history - with the earth in mind
On July 16th, from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm, join us for a walk with Michael Barkusky on the shores of False Creek.
Michael will lead discussion of the economic history of the area through the lens of contemporary Ecological Economics and will contrast that approach and sensibility with the more mainstream (neoclassical) economic paradigm that has dominated thought on economic questions since the late 19th century. The ecological economic approach seems more appropriate to the challenges of the 21st century and seems, fortunately, to be finally gaining ground.
What does this mean?
As we walk along the seawall and look at what False Creek has become in 2022, Michael will review the changes that occurred in the original Coast Salish territory, which was intact in 1850, but radically transformed since them. He will talk about how the Neoclassical approach explained and justified those radical changes, still underway today, and which created the clearcut landscape and widespread pollution.
The shaping of today's False Creek reflects a fast-forward of Canada's entire colonial history in not much more than one century. After the biggest old growth trees in the world were logged in the late 1800s, early 1900s, many were brought to False Creek to be milled. The area then became lined with pulp mills and other businesses that supported extractive resource industries such as logging and fishing. Squatter camps grew and the air, water and soil filled up with masses of toxic pollutants which were never properly removed.
In the 1970s the City of Vancouver acquired and upgraded the land to resident use – under leasehold titles - condominiums, townhouses, apartments, and co-ops with big parks in between and water on the north edge. From a monstrous, amazingly biodiverse forest next to an inland waterway full of sea-life in an area inhabited by Indigenous people who practiced strict social-ecological systems, a modern global village called False Creek emerged.
Meet our Educator:
Michael Barkusky's background is a BA Honours in Economics from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from UBC. He also holds the CPA, CGA designation, is the Treasurer of the False Creek Watershed Society, and has experience as an Ecological Economics Instructor at BCIT and SFU. He is also still in practice in Vancouver as an CPA
Cost and Logistics:
The event is free. Donations will be accepted for the False Creek Watershed Society.
Meet at Leg-in-Boot Square at 1:30. We will walk west from there, ending up close to the False Creek Community Centre as time allows.
Please Register here so we know how many people to expect.
Water Wisdom − Water Words: Ceremony and Sharing by the waters of False Creek
BC Rivers Day event with Candace Campo
and the False Creek Watershed Society,
September 27 2020
Time: 1:00 - 3:15 PM - made up of 3 fourty hour sessions
Place: Performance Works, grassy area east side
1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island
Coast Salish Lands
Join us for one of three - 40 minutes sessions in which 10 people will formally register to participate. For a total of 30 people over 2 hours. Please register one at a time and make sure you are free to come for your ticket. These are small groups and so each person is important to make up the total of 10. Please register below.
The event will be led by Candace Campo from the Sechelt First Nation. Candace lives with her family on the Squamish Reserve in North Vancouver and operates a business locally called Talaysay Tours. They teach Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Also present will be staff and board members of the False Creek Watershed Society.
The location will be outside - on the east side of the Performance Works building on Granville Island, 1218 Cartwright Street.There are wooden steps going up a small hill where we can share our knowledge and stories.
Please dress for the weather. If it is raining, bring something to sit on that will stay relatively dry and an umbrella and/or rain protective clothing.
Bring your own water carrier (with water in it) if you wish to pour water back into False Creek in ceremony. And snacks to eat plus water to drink if you wish. We will all distance appropriately. There is plenty of room to spread out on benches.
Candace Campo will share her water wisdom with us all. Then we will invite participants to share their thoughts and stories of water. We will then go to the water's edge and pour out our water and offer blessings.
The cost will be $15.00 which contribute to an honorarium. Each participant will receive a free copy of the Strathchona Art and Nature Map.
Salmon and Buildings 6 - Artwork by Celia Brauer
Salmon Dreams - a walk through memory in the Riley Park /Little Mountain Landscape
Please join us for our 3rd annual 'Connecting to Place' gathering in Riley Park.
Our exploration will nurture a connection with the visible and hidden waterways in the Riley Park/Little Mountain Neighbourhood.
The guides are Celia Brauer, co-founder and staff of the False Creek Watershed Society and Amy Kiara Ruth, a somatic movement educator.
We will continue afterwards with a gathering filled with community connection, scrumptious snacks and hot beverages!
Saturday, February 15, 2020
1-3 pm at Riley Park Community Garden
30th Ave. & Ontario St.
False Creek Watershed
We acknowledge that we gather and garden on the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-waututh First Nations.
Salmon and Buildings 2 - Artwork by Celia Brauer
reflect on home, place, belonging, indigeneity
August 9 - September 22, 2019
STENCIL: Monday, August 9 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Hillcrest Community Centre lobby
WALK: Sunday, August 25 3:00 - 5:00 pm
begins at the Generative Nest (GN)
4361 Cambie - back alley
STORY- Thursday, September 5 7:30 - 9:00
TELLING: Generative Nest - 4361 Cambie
STENCIL: Saturday, Sept 7 12:30 - 2:30 pm
Riley Park & Garden / Mad Hatter Tea Party
33rd and Ontario
WALK: Tuesday, September 10 6;30 - 8:30 pm
begins at the Generative Nest
4361 Cambie - back alley
Sunday September 22nd: PARADE and DANCE
1:30 - 3:30 pm
gather at the Generative Nest
4361 Cambie - back alley
walk to NW corner of Queen Elizabeth Park
more information on FACEBOOK/ Generative Nest and this space!
Thanks to the generous support of :
The City of Vancouver, False Creek Watershed Society
Vancouver Foundation - Neighbourhood Small Grants, Little Mountain Neighbourhood House
Water Dances at Riley Park Community Garden & FCWS AGM - May 26
We invite you to attend a special event:
"Moving Elemental: water walk / water movement"
with Board Member Amy Kiara Ruth as our guide
Date: Sunday May 26, 2019
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 PM
Place: Riley Park Garden - E 30th Ave. & Ontario St.
Unceded Coast Salish Territories
We will gather and move outside in the park - rain or shine. Please wear / bring appropriate clothing for your comfort
The FCWS AGM will take place afterwards at Riley Park Fieldhouse.
We will be discussing last year's activities and electing our Board.
Date: Sunday May 26, 2019
Time: 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Place: Riley Park Fieldhouse - SE corner of the Park - door on east side.
Please join us!
We encourage you to join our non-profit society. This will enable us to continue our work to promote watershed awareness and environmental sustainability. We are the only watershed group in Vancouver specifically focused on these goals - in a city surrounded by fresh water, sea water and graced by high rainfall!
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Hemlock , south shore - 1886/ looking N over False Creek. The log's diameter is estimated at three metres.
-City of Vancouver Archives Dist. P35 N24
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