Programming with First Nations Perspectives

The Stanley Park Ecology Society proudly offers this timely experience in Stanley Park (or in Spapayeq, “the way the water flows around”) in the traditional territory of Coast Salish peoples. The Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish 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 


Meet Our Walk Leaders


Lauraleigh Paul photoLauraleigh 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.

Christie Lee Charles

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Dancing Water Lulua

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