The uncovered roots of British Columbia
In a collection of four independently researched history videos, Sam Sullivan explores the genesis of British Columbia. Where did we come from? The findings were often unexpected. Recorded at TEDxVancouver at Rogers Arena on November 14, 2015.
Sam Sullivan is a Member of the Order of Canada and former Mayor of Vancouver. He is founder of the Global Civic Policy Society which hosts the Public Salon Series, supports a network of volunteers who transcribe historic documents of Vancouver and champions the revival of British Columbia’s aboriginal trade language Chinook Wawa.
Sullivan served for 15 years on Vancouver City Council, is currently a Member of the Legislative Assembly of BC and has been a member of the Translink, Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Police Boards. A quadriplegic as a result of a skiing accident, he created the Disabled Sailing Association, commissioned the Martin 16 Sailboat and helped establish 20 programs throughout Canada and the US. He started the Access to Wilderness Program and coinvented the Trailrider. Over 100 of these vehicles are now being used by people with disabilities around the world. He started Tetra Society whose volunteer engineers have created over 5000 assistive devices in programs throughout Canada. The Sam Sullivan Disability Foundation has raised over $20 million and supported the quality of life of 10,000 people with disabilities.
His latest project seeks to understand what it means to be a citizen of Vancouver and British Columbia by mining our early history for narratives. He hopes to build a better appreciation for our collective identity by bringing to light the stories of the people who created British Columbia and what they were trying to achieve.