Remembering Brewery Creek is an immersive experience that encourages the rediscovery of this important historic waterway that flowed through what is now known as Mount Pleasant, in Vancouver British Columbia. On this site you can explore the creek’s many stories through interactive maps, videos, oral histories and archival sources. Here you can listen to the voices of First Nations knowledge keepers, ecologists, historians, environmentalists, fisher people and community members.
There has been no better time to reflect upon our buried creeks and the meaning they hold for us, then now. Buried creeks are echoes of nature, but they are also echoes of our past, not only of the ecosystems, waterways and the wildlife that called the creek home, but the transformation of places.
Brewery Creek is an important place to do just that, the perfect place to think about the settlement of Indigenous lands, the destruction of waterways, the disruption of salmon runs, the industrial development of cities and the complicated relationship of human beings with nature. Yet, the story of Brewery Creek is also about perseverance. For though this creek was destroyed in the earlier part of the twentieth century, it still has a voice and still holds on to these stories.
This project comes at a vital period when the community is rapidly transforming again, as condos and high rises push themselves through the landscape of Mount Pleasant. Perhaps Brewery Creek can become a place that not only serves as a place to share knowledge, but a place that encourages the community to remember together, learn together and create a sustainable future. That is what Remembering Brewery Creek is all about...to listen, as a community, to the wisdom the creek still holds for us.
This project wishes to acknowledge that Brewery Creek lies on the unceded territories of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam),Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),Tsleil-Waututh and Stó:lō First Nations.