W.E. Connect

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'W.E. Connect' orange text against yellow background. W.E. Connect is the West End Community Hub project slogan for the reimagining process.

Deepen your connections to this community, this place, this land. Then, help imagine the renewed West End Community Hub.

Help shape the future of the site that currently includes the West End Community Centre, King George Secondary School, Joe Fortes Library, and other important civic facilities.

It all begins with reconciliation. We invite you to listen and learn from Knowledge Holders from the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Then, share your own experiences of the West End and hopes for a new community hub by attending online events, visiting project pop-up locations, and joining us in-person.


Get involved


A Renewal Plan

W.E. Connect is a project led by the City of Vancouver, Vancouver School Board, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, Vancouver Public Library, and the West End Community Centre Association. This work builds on previous community engagement processes and takes direction from the West End Community Plan, VSB Long Range Facilities Plan, Vancouver Public Library Strategic Plan, and VanPlay.

This project will produce a renewal plan - a document that will guide and direct the future of the site’s buildings, programming, and outdoor spaces.

  • The West End Community Centre will be replaced to meet the needs of the growing West End neighbourhood, including renewal of an ice rink.

  • King George Secondary School will be redeveloped to provide more spaces for students and meet seismic upgrade requirements.

  • Joe Fortes Public Library will be expanded to provide a larger library space.

  • The renewed community hub will likely have combined and shared programming spaces. Other potential uses that could serve the West End will be considered for addition or expansion in the renewal plan, including a relocation of Firehall No. 6, childcare, seniors’ spaces, and arts and culture facilities.





Deepen your connections to this community, this place, this land. Then, help imagine the renewed West End Community Hub.

Help shape the future of the site that currently includes the West End Community Centre, King George Secondary School, Joe Fortes Library, and other important civic facilities.

It all begins with reconciliation. We invite you to listen and learn from Knowledge Holders from the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Then, share your own experiences of the West End and hopes for a new community hub by attending online events, visiting project pop-up locations, and joining us in-person.


Get involved


A Renewal Plan

W.E. Connect is a project led by the City of Vancouver, Vancouver School Board, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, Vancouver Public Library, and the West End Community Centre Association. This work builds on previous community engagement processes and takes direction from the West End Community Plan, VSB Long Range Facilities Plan, Vancouver Public Library Strategic Plan, and VanPlay.

This project will produce a renewal plan - a document that will guide and direct the future of the site’s buildings, programming, and outdoor spaces.

  • The West End Community Centre will be replaced to meet the needs of the growing West End neighbourhood, including renewal of an ice rink.

  • King George Secondary School will be redeveloped to provide more spaces for students and meet seismic upgrade requirements.

  • Joe Fortes Public Library will be expanded to provide a larger library space.

  • The renewed community hub will likely have combined and shared programming spaces. Other potential uses that could serve the West End will be considered for addition or expansion in the renewal plan, including a relocation of Firehall No. 6, childcare, seniors’ spaces, and arts and culture facilities.





  • Visit us at a pop-up!

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    We will be 'popping-up' throughout the West End to talk to you about your vision for the future West End Community Hub. Visit us during any of the following dates* to learn more about the project process, provide your hopes for the future Hub, and ask project staff any questions:

    1. West End Farmers Market
      Saturday, October 9: 9am - 2pm

    2. Jim Deva Plaza
      Tuesday October 12: 4 - 7pm

    1. King George Secondary/Joe Fortes Library/West End Community Centre outdoor plaza
      Friday, October 15: 4 - 7pm

    2. Morton Park (A-maze-ing Laughter Sculptures)
      Sunday, October 17: 10am - 3pm.

    3. Jim Deva Plaza
      Wednesday, October 20: 4pm - 7pm

    4. Morton Park (A-maze-ing Laughter Sculptures)
      Saturday, October 23: noon - 5pm

    5. King George Secondary/Joe Fortes Library/West End Community Centre outdoor plaza
      Wednesday, October 27: 4 - 7 pm

    1. Morton Park (A-maze-ing Laughter Sculptures)
      Saturday, October 30: noon - 5pm

    2. Jim Deva Plaza
      Sunday, October 31: noon - 5pm

    * Pop-up dates may change due to weather - all changes will be updated here.

  • Coast Salish Chronicles of the West End

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    The planning process and future West End Community Hub is rooted in xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) ways of knowing and storytelling.

    The W.E. Connect: Coast Salish Chronicles of the West End event held on September 21 was an opportunity to deepen connections to this community, this place, this land. During the event we heard stories and learned from local Knowledge Holders and participants had the opportunity to draw from this greater understanding and identify key ideas that can help create a vision for the renewed West End Community Hub. Watch a recording of the event here:

    Or learn from each local Knowledge Holder in their own individual videos:

    Chrystal Sparrow: xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) artist and carver

    Aaron Nelson-Moody: Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Knowledge Holder and carver

    Gabriel George: səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Knowledge Holder

  • Join an inspiring evening of local Indigenous stories about the West End

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    Register for W.E. Connect: Coast Salish Chronicles of the West End on Tuesday, September 21, 7-9 pm, online.

    You’ll hear stories and learn from local Knowledge Holders:

    • Chrystal Sparrow: xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), artist, carver

    • Aaron Nelson-Moody: Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Knowledge Holder and carver

    • Gabriel George: səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Knowledge Holder

    This event will deepen your connections to this community, this place, this land. Drawing from this greater understanding, participants will identify key ideas that can help create a vision for the renewed West End Community Hub.

    Register here for this event!

  • Meet the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Community Artists of W.E. Connect.

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    W.E. Connect is rooted in local Indigenous knowledge and West End experiences.

    Learn about the Indigenous history of the West End through stories and original artwork shared by artists from the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and be inspired by community artists’ perspectives and rich experiences of the West End. Learn more about the West End through Indigenous history, original art work and story and join artists at engagement workshops throughout October and November 2021.


    Chrystal Sparrow: xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), artist, carver


    Chrystal Sparrow is a xʷmə!kʷəyəm (Musqueam) artist and female carver. She was traditionally mentored by her late father Irving Sparrow, a master carver. Chrystal is both a traditional and contemporary Coast Salish artist who designs feminine art to express her culture and family teachings. She has public art at the YVR International Airport,

    Vancouver School Board, Starbucks Canada, BC Children's Hospital, and many other locations. Chrystal believes her work is a living art language that expresses her culture, teachings, and perspectives.

    Instagram: @chrystalsparrow

    Facebook: /salishcarver

    Cory Douglas: Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), WE resident, architect, artist

    Cory Douglas was born and raised in Coast Salish Territory ‘Vancouver’ and brings over 25 years of local experience in art and architectural design. He is a Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation member with Xaayda (Haida) and Ts'msyen (Tsimshian) ancestry. Cory began his business as a graphic artist and continues to redefine himself as he merges his academic architectural vocation with his innate creativity.

    Cory is connected to the Skwxwú7mesh Nation through his parents and has been studying traditional Xaayda form and Formline and Coast Salish design. Cory’s intention is to communicate the cultural history of Canada, alongside the development and design of strategies through decolonization.

    Instagram: @modernformline

    Facebook: /cory.douglas.7

    Angela George: Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Coast Salish weaver, artist

    Coast Salish weaver Angela George carries two ancestral names - sits'sáts'tenat and qʷənat. Originally from Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Sts’ailes, she lives and works in the səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)Nation with her husband Gabriel George, children, and grandchildren. Traditionally groomed, Angela carries the gift of weaving with integrity and a responsibility to create awareness, stewardship, and harmony. Angela holds an MBA in Indigenous Business Leadership at SFU, where she researched səlilwətaɬ laws of the land and sacred waters of the Burrard Inlet, then designed it into a 10’ Weaving Governance panel to demonstrate that Coast Salish weavings are Holders of Knowledge and living, guiding documents.

    Instagram: @anggeorge_weaver

    Facebook: /ang.george

    Afuwa: Vancouver artist

    Photo credit: Arlene Bowman


    Afuwa was born in Guyana, on Karinya, Lokono, and Akawaio lands, and makes art on xʷmə!kʷəyəm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories (Vancouver), on the site known as Luk'Luk'i. Locally and internationally exhibited, her work encompasses language, the body, and diasporic memory, and has appeared in publications such as Room Magazine, PUBLIC, Asparagus, GUTS, The Capilano Review, The Feminist Wire, Briarpatch, West Coast Line, subTerrain, and in Performing Utopias in the Contemporary Americas (2017). Her multisensory painting/ installation Still Salt, Dark Stories is currently in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Vancouver Special exhibit, which runs until 02 January 2022.


    Website: afuwa.wordpress.com

    Instagram: @afuwapaints

    Ken Boesem: West End artist/writer

    BC artist/writer Ken Boesem’s family first arrived in Vancouver in 1885, and he has been a settler here, making his home in various “nests” in the West End, since 1999. Between = 2005-2012, Boesem produced “The Village”, a newspaper comic strip that featured a diverse and inclusive cast of West Enders living in shared community in the West End’s queer

    Davie Street enclave. Boesem had the privilege of working in various capacities from 2004-2017 at the West End’s legendary community bookstore, Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium, helping to facilitate West End community building directly at street level.

    Website: @kbcanuck

    Instagram: @kenboesem

  • Reconciliation

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    The planning process and future West End Community Hub will be rooted in xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) ways of knowing, working together, and storytelling.


    Through events and information, all are invited to learn more about this place from local First Nations Knowledge Holders. We’ll hear stories of each Nation’s connection to and stewardship of the area. Then, we’ll build on this knowledge by sharing West End community and visitor experiences and hopes for the site. The result will be a vision for the Community Hub.


    The West End Community Hub will be planned in a way that respects the presence and knowledge of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and through this will foster more inclusive spaces for all.


    Through a co-design process, in collaboration with community members from the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations will contribute:


    • Vision for the future building

    • Cultural contributions to the overall design

    • Integration of traditional knowledge

    • Historical recognition of the importance of the pre-colonial West End


    The City of Vancouver, Vancouver School Board, and Vancouver Public Library are committed to strengthening relationships with the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh):


Page last updated: 18 October 2021, 15:00