In 2018, David Schaepe was Director of the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre at Stó:lō Nation, where worked since 1997.  He holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (2009); an MA in archaeology from Simon Fraser University (1998), and a BA in anthropology from New York University (1989).  He is an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University (School of Resource & Environmental Management) and the University of the Fraser Valley (Social, Cultural & Media Studies).  He was a co-editor / co-author of the award winning book A Stó:lō-Coast Salish Historical Atlas (2001); a co-creator of Man Turned to Stone: T’xwelátse (2012); project lead on the award winning virtual museum project (2017), and has published numerous journal articles and book chapters addressing Stó:lō–Coast Salish cultural heritage.  He and his wife live in the Chilliwack River Valley.

In 2002, Keith Thor Carlson received the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, along with his co-authors Colin Duffield, Albert (Sonny) McHalsie, Jan Perrier, Leeanna Lynn Rhodes, David M. Schaepe and David Smith for A Stó:lo-Coast Salish Historical Atlas (2001). With 100 maps, 200 photos and a 15,000-year timeline, the atlas provides a comprehensive overview of the "River People"; whose lives have been so affected by the spread of Vancouver along the Fraser River. Social, linguistic and scientific articles range from the changing role of Aboriginal law to the effects of clear-cut logging. Photographs and testimonies pertaining to St. Mary's Roman Catholic Boarding School reveal the impact of residential schools and their "lingering, injurious legacies of abuse."; The 11" x 14" atlas has more than 720 Halq'emeylem place names and covers everything from smallpox in 1782 to population projections to the year 2010.

David M. Schaepe proceeded to edit Being Ts'elxwéyeqw: First Peoples' Voices and History from the Chilliwack-Fraser Valley, British Columbia by Tselxwéyeqw Tribe in which 85 place names are traced and explained. The traditional territory of the Ts’elxwéyeqw First Peoples covers over 95,000 hectares of land in Southwestern B.C. throughout the central Fraser Valley, encompassing the entire Chilliwack River Valley (including Chilliwack Lake, Chilliwack River, Cultus Lake and areas, and parts of the Chilliwack municipal areas). The Chilliwack region gets its name from the Ts’elxwéyeqw tribe. Being Ts’elxwéyeqw portrays the people, artifacts and landscapes that are central to the Ts’elxwéyeqw people, and represents a rich oral record of an aboriginal heritage spanning thousands of years.


Carlson, Keith Thor & others (editors). A Stó:lo-Coast Salish Historical Atlas (Douglas & McIntyre / Stó:lo Heritage Trust, 2001; D&M 2006).

Schaepe, David M. (editor) Being Ts'elxwéyeqw: First Peoples' Voices and History from the Chilliwack-Fraser Valley, British Columbia  978-1-55017-818-0 · 1-55017-818-0 · January 2018 · Hardback CAD$94.95 · USD$94.95

[BCBW 2018]