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walk quietly
ts'ekw'unshun kws qututhun

A guided walk at Hwlh'its'um
(Canoe Pass / Brunswick Point)
Ladner, British Columbia

walk quietly / ts'ekw'unshun kws qututhun is a community-guided walk located at the end of River Road West in Ladner, British Columbia. It tells the story of Hwlhits'um (Brunswick Point / Canoe Pass) from the diverse and complex perspectives of scientists, artists, and Indigenous Peoples.

We humbly acknowledge this project takes place on the ancestral and present-day lands of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the Hul'qumi'num Mustimuhw (Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group of seven Coast Salish Nations), scəw̓aθən (Tsawwassen), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam). This project is in participation and consultation with the Hwlitsum First Nation, and works to build ties with all whose lands it touches.

Curated by Amy-Claire Huestis and Kim Trainor, the walk links specific spots on the dike trail at Hwlhits'um to the many contributions found on this website. Follow the trail and listen, watch, and learn about this special place.

We are grateful to Hwlitsum First Nation, Richmond Art Gallery, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Birds Canada, Douglas College, and Metro Vancouver Parks for their partnership and support.

ts’ekw’unshun kws qututhun
walking with respect and honour along the shore
Jared Qwustenuxun Williams

When asked how to say, “walk quietly,” or “walk softly,” Cowichan Elder, Dr. Luschiim Arvid Charlie provided this phrase and its definition to Qwustenuxun, who wrote:

“Walking with respect and honour along the shore. He even broke it down further talking about how ts’ekw’un is the root word meaning to treat something with love, care, and respect. He used the word in reference to family, friends, and the earth. So I think it fits perfectly as the suffix shun refers to the foot or walking.”