MST Futurism: Decolonizing the City Through a Matriarchal Lens
Chepximiya Siyam’ Hereditary Chief Janice George
Chief Janice George is an accomplished weaver, author, museum curator, leader and educator. She holds the ancestral chieftainship of Sen̓áḵw. She has co founded L’hen Awtxw Weaving House to share the teachings and practice of traditional Coast Salish wool weaving and the M̓i tel'nexw Leadership Society to teach decolonial training rooted in Squamish values.
Auntie Orene Askew
Advocate for Change, DJ, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw
Orene is a Squamish Nation mixed Afro-Indigenous 2-Spirit woman, DJ and changemaker. Orene can be spotted with her DJ setup and trusty megaphone at most events advocating for Queer, Black and Indigenous solidarity.
Matriarch Debra Sparrow
Master Weaver, Public Artist, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm
Acclaimed Musqueam weaver, artist and knowledge keeper Debra Sparrow is a leading figure in the revival of Musqueam Coast Salish weaving. She once said she wouldn’t stop until she saw the city of Vancouver swathed in Coast Salish patterns and she’s well on her way to achieving that goal.
Artist, Ethnobotanist & Language Speaker, səl̓ilwətaɁɬ
Ocean Hyland is a səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), and Xwchíyò:m (Cheam) activist, ethnobotanist and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim language speaker.
BA, Language Teacher, Executive Director and Consultant, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw
Salia Joseph is from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Snuneymuxw First Nations. She has her BA in First Nations and Indigenous studies from UBC and is a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim language teacher with a diploma from SFU. Salia is the executive director of Kwi Awt Stelmexw a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and she co-owns Host Consulting Inc., focusing on language revitalization, education and community.
Cyler Point Sparrow
Public Artist, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm
Cyler Point Sparrow is an up-and-coming Coast Salish youth artist from Musqueam who has his foot in the door for becoming an established artist. His role models are his grandmother Debra Sparrow and late uncle Beau Dick, who have inspired Cyler to carry on their work and voice. Expect to see great things from this exceptional young man in the near future.
Sierra Tasi Baker
MSc, BEnvD, Indigenous Urban Design Consultant, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw
Sierra (she/them) is from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) and is also xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Kwakwaka’wakw/Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw, Tɫingit, and Magyar. Sierra focuses on decolonization through design. She has her MSc in Sustainable Urbanism from UCL and her BEnvD in Environmental Design from UBC. She is the lead Indigenous urban design consultant at her family practice Sky Spirit Studio + Consulting.
“Afrofuturism is the reimagining of a future filled with arts, science and technology seen through a Black lens.”
— Jamie Broadnax (HuffPost, 2018)
"Our hands are up to the Black community. As Indigenous people we choose to honour these incredible visions as we move forward with Indigenous Futures and MST Futures and how we can work together. In particular we are excited to work with Squamish Nation and Afro-Indigenous leader Orene Askew and Afrofuturism historian Krystal Paraboo to continue these conversations."
— Sierra Tasi Baker & Paisley Eva Nahanee
Krystal Paraboo has developed a video outlining the history of Afro-Futurism as a starting point for navigating these conversations. Please watch this video before attending the panel.