Today’s Canada 150 profile is of Chief Joe Capilano, leader of the Squamish First Nation from 1895 until his death in 1910.

Obviously Chief Joe Capilano (1850–1910), Su-á-pu-luck, is not on our list of authors, but perhaps he—and his wife Mary Agnes Líxwelut—should be. E. Pauline Johnson’s famous Legends of Vancouver is based on stories of the Capilano and other Native tribes as told to her by the couple. Johnson had met Joe Capilano in England in 1906, when he met with Kind Edward VII in an (unsuccessful) attempt to resolve the issue of Native land rights in BC.

Mrs. Mathias Joe, Mrs. Mary Capilano and Chief Mathias Joe and others during visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth [1939]. City of Vancouver Archives, AM73-S1-1—: CVA 6-108.

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