leləm’ at the Fort Café
Kwantlen First Nation has been supplying food to Fort Langley since the Hudson’s Bay Company trade post was established in 1827. Historically, the Kwantlen brought salmon to trade, which were then salted and shipped to Hawaii. Salmon exports eventually accounted for more profit than furs, and the period could well have been called “the Salmon Trade Era”. Kwantlen people also brought wild cranberries, and helped to harvest potatoes and other farm products.
Now, Seyem Qwantlen Development is supplying food to Fort Langley National Historic Site’s visitors from the new lelem’ Café called ‘leləm’ at the Fort’. General Manager Rocky Nenka is excited to provide historically themed food options for special events, rentals, and daily visitors to the site. A selection of expresso drinks, teas, beer, wine, ice cream, baked goods and lunches will head the list of offerings.
The café itself is adorned with traditional art hand crafted by First Nations artists, including from the Kwantlen community.