Undoing colonial legacies by capitalist means? The emergence of Indigenous real-estate development in Vancouver

Geographisches Kolloquium, Humboldt University, Berlin, 23 April 2024

In Vancouver, Canada, the First Nations that claim the city as their traditional territory, the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh, are constructing large real-estate developments on their lands through which the Nations aim to accrue revenue as a form of economic reconciliation, making up for the damages of colonialism through economic development. Building real estate is bound to enable the Nations to fund infrastructure and services, but it is also connected to the broader extractive dynamics of the Vancouver housing market once enabled by the Nations’ dispossession.

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