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Programming with Coast Salish Perspectives

The Stanley Park Ecology Society proudly offers this timely experience in in Spapayeq, (Stanley Park)(“the way the water flows around”) in the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation. The Coast Salish peoples have had deep connections to the ecology of this land for thousands of years. Today, the forests, wetlands, and shorelines of the Park still feature a bounty of useful and edible plants. This new programming offers authentic opportunities for all ages and backgrounds to connect with this heritage.

Whether you are a school group, corporate team, family, or an individual curious about the wild food and medicines of the West Coast, you can benefit from the sharing of this traditional, oral teaching.

Programs Offered

Please note that these programs are on hold until further notice. You may email us at to add your name to a program waitlist and we will contact you when the program re-opens.  We are, however, offering private walks – please email us to inquire further. 

Photo: SPES (Greg Hart)

Meet Our Walk Leaders

Lauraleigh Paul

Environmental Monitor/Educator

Lauraleigh is of Coast Salish, Interior Salish, and Carrier First Nations descent. In spring 2016, Lauraleigh joined SPES via her environmental monitoring practicum. Offering us her invaluable indigenous life experiences and integral teachings about Coast Salish historical interpretation and relevant present day interpretations, Lauraleigh directly facilitates positive relationship-building and ecological stewardship practices. She shares a wealth of local flora and fauna use, teaching us how to nurture ourselves with nature, whether it be medicinal or practical, to harmonize our wellbeing with the natural world… and for this we raise our hands to express our “Coast Salish” appreciation.