It Stops Here with Rueben George and Guests

2023, Equity + Justice, Indigenous Voices, Arts + Culture, Climate + Environment, Uphold Truth and Reconciliation, Make a Difference for B.C.

Massy Arts Society, Massy Books, SFU Library, and SFU Public Square with prominent environmental activist, spiritual leader, and Sundance Chief, Rueben George, joined for the launch of his book It Stops Here: Standing up for Our Lands, Our Waters, and Our People. The event was moderated by Andrea Crossan and featured co-author Michael Simpson and special guests.

It Stops Here is a healing, personal account of one man’s confrontation with colonization that illuminates the philosophy and values of a First Nation on the front lines of the fight against an extractive industry, colonial government, and the threat to the life-giving Salish Sea.

“Rueben George is a force of nature—literally. He is carrying on his family’s long history protecting nature in all its forms. Devastating extractive practices in the form of pipelines, mining, clearcutting, and overfishing threatens the health, safety, and wellbeing to Indigenous lands, waters, and all of nature. Rueben’s book is a powerful call to action rooted in the teachings of his ancestors, to gather warriors from all nations and take back control over our collective futures.” —Dr. Pamela Palmater, Mi'kmaw lawyer, professor, and Indigenous rights advocate from Eel River Bar First Nation

This project was made possible by the Government of Canada. Ce projet a été rendu possible grâce au gouvernement du Canada.

Wed, 30 Aug 2023

Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema 

149 West Hastings Street

Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4

Livestream details: For those unable to join the in-person event, we will be livestreaming the book launch. Please register to receive the link. 

About the authors

Rueben George

Rueben George is Sundance Chief and a member of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN). After working as a family counsellor for twenty years, he became manager of the TWN’s Sacred Trust initiative to protect the unceded Tsleil-Waututh lands and waters from the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion. Over the past decade, he has travelled across the world and built alliances with Indigenous people fighting for water, land, and human rights, and has become an internationally renowned voice for such issues. Rueben has been adopted and made a Sun Dance Chief by two Lakota families, and incorporates his cultural and spiritual teachings in all aspects of his life and work, including his work as a consultant to All Nations Cannabis.

Michael Simpson

Lecturer at the University of St. Andrews, Michael Simpson is an award-winning author who has written extensively on settler colonialism and conflicts over oil and gas pipelines in Canada.

About the moderator

Andrea Crossan

Andrea Crossan is a member of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. She is an award-winning radio journalist with over 30 years of experience, reporting from over a dozen countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Ukraine, South Africa, Uganda, and Brazil. She is currently the executive editor of the Global Reporting Centre (GRC), an independent news organization based out of UBC.


Event partners



The event will be hosted at the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema at 149 West Hastings Street at the SFU Vancouver campus.

The building is accessible at street level on the Hastings side or via a ramp on the Cordova Street Courtyard side. There are 2 ramp entry points, one is located against the building, near the entrance to the Woodward’s Westbank Atrium (which houses London Drugs and Nesters) and one is located against the building, beside the alley. Both the Hastings doors and the Cordova Courtyard doors can be operated by accessibility buttons located beside the doorways.

The building is accessible by several bus lines. Plan your trip with TransLink’s Trip Planner.

Metered street parking available and a number of parkades nearby

Public bike racks are located near the Cordova entrance.

We will reserve 20 seats for community members who do not operate computers/ are otherwise unable to register.

Covid Protocols: Masks keep our community safe and are mandatory (N95 masks are recommended as they offer the best protection). We ask if you are showing symptoms, that you stay home. Thank you kindly.

Public and gender-neutral washrooms are available. All public washrooms are equipped with wheelchair accessible stalls. 

Community guidelines

Our community guidelines are intended to ensure the safety of all guest speakers and event participants, and to foster honest, socially accountable dialogue at our events. Thank you for respecting these guidelines!

  • Above all, there will be zero tolerance for those who promote violence or discrimination against others on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, or disability. Anyone who incites harm towards other participants will be removed at the discretion of our team and moderator.
  • Don’t assume pronouns/gender/knowledge based on someone’s name or appearance. Please refer to people using the names and/or pronouns they provide.
  • Take space, make space: share your perspective, and make space for other voices to be heard too. Recognize that we are all here to learn.