As a longtime supporter of the National Historic Site and a founder of the "Friends of the Fort" volunteers, I must say that, though there have been misunderstandings or misrepresentations over the years, the members of the Fort have made and continue to make a real effort to "tell it like it was" [Big House exhibits leave out significant historical players, Jan. 1 Letters, Langley Advance].
In my experience, all the interpreters, First Nations and others, have made a visit to the site a real step back in history. In today's world, the First Nations people are among our most valuable actors and participants. They take part in all the activities and events, and assist in telling and demonstrating our history.
As a descendant of First Nations people, with a life-time pass to the Fort, my thoughts are that we should just accept some of the information - or misinformation - from our grandfathers, and just enjoy each other today.
All the pictures and stories in our Fort may depict that the attitude that the British "invaders" were superior to the natives.
It was ever thus, and the interpreters at the Fort are responsible to convey this, even if it was and is a misguided interpretation of the situation.
Like religion, history is recorded by man, and until the present technology became available, interpretation by the individual recorders, if possibly unreliable, still contains the basics of the past which are most valuable for us today.
A visit to the Fort, the "Birthplace of B.C.," gives people a view of life in the olden days, and a rest from the bustle of modern life.
Bays Blackhall, Langley