Film Screening

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Join us for a special screening of locally produced film, c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city (2017, 75 min, Canada). A discussion with Musequeam Band MemberS mary Point and Terry Point Will follow the film.

c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city (2017, Canada, 75 min.) commemorates five years since the resolution of a dramatic and compelling moment in the history of of metro Vancouver. In late 2011, the Musqueam First Nation learned of a 108-unit condo development that 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 is commonly 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 ancestral remains were unearthed during an archeological “investigation” prior to development. This led Musqueam community members, to physically halt construction by holding vigil at the site around the clock for over 200 days – while Musqueam, the City of Vancouver, the BC provincial government and the condo developers struggled to find 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.

Date: Thursday, August 9, 2018

Time: 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Admission: *$14 Early Bird, $19 General Admission, **$10 MOV Members. Free for individuals who self-identify as Indigenous

*Early Bird ticket sales end August 8 at 5pm.

**MOV members please show your identification along with your ticket at the door.

Note: Event ticket includes FREE admission to our feature exhibitions Haida Now, c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city and Wild Things: The Power of Nature in our Lives  (reg. $19). Please arrive early with your event ticket to view the exhibit.




Mary Point is a Musqueam Band Member, who stood at c̓əsnaʔəm with family and friends to protect the village and Musqueam ancestors throughout 2012.  She is the Manager, Indigenous Relations for YVR Vancouver Airport Authority – formerly Musqueam Facilities Manager, and Community Planner. Mary also wrote the film’s closing song, “ʔiyəs” (Happy).

Terry Point is from the Musqueam First Nation and is currently working for the Richmond School District as an Aboriginal Success Teacher. He worked on the exhibition c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city as a Co-Curator for Museum of Vancouver and Musqueam Gallery. At this time Terry was working for the Musqueam Nation. Terry has contributed knowledge and input for the Coast Salish Gallery at the Museum of Anthropology, in addition to many other projects at MOA.