The land surrounding Burrard Inlet, in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, is part of the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples. On the inlet’s south shore lies the city of Vancouver, while across the water four reserves line its north shore: three belong to Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) and one to səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). The four reserves coincide with the pre-existing communities of Xwmel̓ch’stn, Eslhá7an, Ch’ich’elx̱wi7ḵw, and səlilwətaɬ. They are also part of Greater Vancouver, lying within the municipal boundaries of the District of North Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver, and the District of West Vancouver. These overlapping geographical, legal, and urban conditions are part of what might be called the scale of the reserve.
Image: “Composite Industrial Map of the Metropolitan Area, Lower Mainland, British Columbia,” 1968 (Canadian Centre for Architecture)