Project Highlights

As part of implementing Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s Climate Change Resilience Plan, KWL, in partnership with UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, supported the development of a vision for a coordinated, resilient, and healthy shoreline.

Guided by the Nation’s Climate Action team and in consultation with the TWN Climate Change Advisory Committee, TWN Knowledge Keepers, community members and youth, interested external parties and interdepartmental staff, this project identified a vision, objectives and key shoreline adaptation elements that reflect TWN Indigenous knowledge, values and aspirations for the shoreline.

This project used applied, design-based research and creative visualization techniques to engage with TWN community members, staff and external organizations in exploring spatial and temporal changes to the shoreline in response to sea level rise over the next 100 years.

This project exemplifies a proactive, collaborative approach to planning for anticipated coastal erosion and sea level rise.  It identifies opportunities to reshape the shoreline to build TWN community resilience to climate change and restore healthy marine shoreline habitats through Indigenous and nature-based solutions.

Team Members

Sarah Gillett, MCIP, RPP is a Senior Planner with a specialization in Indigenous Community Planning and community engagement. Sarah has 15 years of planning and engagement experience in diverse contexts including Land Use Planning, Comprehensive Community Planning, Climate Change Planning and Health Planning and has a passion for capacity building, training and community driven planning.