Image 2: St. Paul’s Church
- What events might have been held in this building?
- Do you know if this church is still used today? What might the existence of a church say about the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) community?
- What evidence of modern conveniences can you see?
This church is located on the north side of Burrard Inlet at Eslha7án̓ (the Squamish Nation Mission Reserve). It was founded in 1884 and is the oldest Catholic Church in the Vancouver region. It originally had only one spire, but a second spire was added when the Church was re-dedicated, as St. Paul’s Catholic Church, in 1909.
St. Paul’s Church plays a significant role in the lives of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh stelmexw (Squamish people) on the North Shore. As early as 1863, Oblate Fathers set-up a missionary reserve on the north shore of the Burrard Inlet. Under the leadership of Father Fouquet and Chief Snat, a mission church was first built there in 1868. (Lascelles, Thomas A. Mission on the Inlet, 1984).