Key Dates in Recent TWN History

1700s Upwards of 10,000 Tsleil-Wautt occupy their traditional lands.
1700s A "plague" kills the majority of the Tsleil-Wautt people.
1792 First contact with transient European explorers.
1827 The Hudson’s Bay Company establishes Fort Langley near the south eastern border of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.
1850s Move from Belcarra to the present site of north shore of Burrard Inlet.
1869 Burrard IR #3 created by Governor Douglas.
1873 Tsleil-Wautt leaders formally petition Queen Victoria for Land Rights.
1876 Indian Act passed by Canada.
1880s Indian Reserves imposed by Canada.
1884 The practice of potlatching was outlawed. The law would not be repealed until 1951.
1927 Sale of Inlailawatash IR #4.
1982 Constitution of Canada signed, recognizing and guaranteeing aboriginal rights.
1994 Tri-partite Treaty negotiations begin with Canada and British Columbia.
1997 Supreme Court of Canada rules on the Delgamuukw case, deciding that aboriginal title is not just related to activities performed on the land, such as hunting or fishing, but to the land itself.
2004 Supreme Court of Canada hands down a decision in the Haida Taku case that government has a duty to consult and possibly accommodate aboriginal interests even where title has not been proven.
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