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Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street


North of 49: c̓əsnaʔəm: the city before the city

November 22, 2018

North of 49 Movies on Campus is a series of Canadian films screenings on campuses across the country with support from Telefilm Canada and local festivals. We are thrilled to be partnering with the Vancouver International Film Festival and Telefilm Canada to screen outstanding productions throughout the year.

About c̓əsnaʔəm: the city before the city

c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city commemorates five years since the resolution of a dramatic moment in the history of this place now known as metro Vancouver. In late 2011, the Musqueam First Nation learned that a 108-unit condo development was being planned at one of their ancestral village sites without prior consultation with the nation. The ancient site, dating back over 4,000 years, has always been known to Musqueam as c̓əsnaʔəm, but has commonly been referred to as the Eburne Midden, the Marpole Midden, the Great Fraser Midden, and DhRs-1. Not long after discovering the news of the planned condo development, Musqueam learned that ancestral remains were unearthed during an archeological “investigation” prior to development. This led Musqueam community members, of all walks of life, to physically halt construction by holding vigil at the site round the clock for over 200 days – while Musqueam, the City of Vancouver, the BC provincial government and the condo developers struggled to find a resolution. Through the voices of the Musqueam First Nation, c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city shares deeply-rooted community knowledge of Musqueam’s living culture and ongoing relationship with their ancestral and unceded territory now known as metro Vancouver.

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When: November 22 | 6.30pm

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, on the 3rd floor of SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Presented in partnership with Telefilm Canada and the Vancouver International Film Festival.