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Fort Langley National Historic Site

Langley Centennial Museum

I recently visited Langley Centennial Museum to do some research. My maternal grandparents settled on Stó:lō territory at a place known as Murrayville in the early 1900s. The museum is in Fort Langley and so while I was visiting this picturesque little town (on the territory of the Kwantlen Nation (a members of the Stó:lō Tribal Council) I decided to visit Fort Langley National Historic Site. This site is administered by Parks Canada and is a re-creation of the original site built in 1827 by the Hudson’s Bay Company as one of its many posts build to capitalize on the fur trade of that era. One of the dozen or so buildings is an original building (see photo). Among the many things that I found interesting was the fact the HBC promoted inter-marriage with First Nations in this period. Whatever the problems, this contrast greatly with what happens later when white supremacy consolidates in British Columbia and inter-marriage is severely frowned upon.