Threatened Ancestors at c̓əsnaʔəm (Marpole Midden)
To those concerned about appropriate archaeological practice, respectful collaboration with First Nations, and the ethical conservation of local heritage and history, there is a request for your support tomorrow morning at c̓əsnaʔəm (the Marpole Midden), SW Marine Drive at Hudson St.), or tomorrow afternoon (12:30 PM) on the Legislature grounds in Victoria.
c̓əsnaʔəmis an ancient Musqueam village and burial site and Canadian Heritage Site (since 1933) threatened by residential condominium development. Many Musqueam will be attending the peaceful demonstration at the Legislature in Victoria tomorrow, so the number of people available to protect the site at c̓əsnaʔəm will be significantly lowered. Unfortunately, the developer has warned that if a resolution had not been reached by the end of Wednesday, he will begin work again on Thursday morning, including the possible removal of partial intact burials of Musqueam ancestors.
We would be honoured if you are able to join us to help protect our ancestors, and this irreplaceable part of Musqueam, BC, and Canadian heritage. However, if you are unable to attend the demonstration in Victoria or visit the site itself, you can still help out in these ways:
- Share this story with your networks;
- Write letters of support or protest (see the attached letter - dated Friday, but mostly up-to-date - for suggested recipients);
- Donate food or funds for food at the site (contact Dawn Sparrow at 604.649.5556); and
- Sign the online petition here: http://www.petitiononlinecanada.com/petition/stop-the-immediate-destruction-of-indigenous-burial-sites/943.
If you have any questions, or would like to know more about c̓əsnaʔəm, please visit us on facebook:https://www.facebook.com/ProtectTheVillageAndMiddenSiteOfMarpoleVillage or follow us on twitter @cusnaum.