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Gastown Riot, photo by Stan Douglas

Vancouver has developed differently from any other city in North America in terms of its civic engagement, strong citizen identity and early adaptation to environmental concerns and social causes.  Some of the events coming out of the 1970’s that profoundly changed Vancouver are in Kate Bird’s book Vancouver in the Seventies.

In the Youtube video below,  local luminaries including Kate Bird, Shelley Fralic, Aaron Chapman and Michael Kluckner describe some of the key events in the 1970’s which have shaped Vancouver thought, culture and politics.

Kate Bird is also the guest curator of the Museum of Vancouver exhibit “Vancouver in the Seventies” which will be at the museum until February 26, 2017.