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), in addition to a discussion with the film's director Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Musqueam members.

c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city 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 - 9:00pm

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.




Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers is a filmmaker, writer, and actor based in Vancouver. She is Blackfoot from the Kainai First Nation (Blood Reserve) as well as Sámi from northern Norway. Her award-winning films are often rooted in social justice issues. She is a recipient of the Vancouver Mayor's Arts Award and a Kodak Image Award for her work as an emerging filmmaker. Her short documentary, Bihttoš, was included in the TIFF Top Ten Shorts, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival, and was also nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and a Leo Award for Best Short Documentary. She recently won a Canadian Screen Award for her performance in the CBC feature-length television drama, On the Farm (dir. Rachel Talalay). Tailfeathers is currently directing a feature-length documentary about her community’s response the opiate crises. The film is being made with the support of the National Film Board and the Hot Docs Cross Currents Fund. She is additionally co-writing and co-directing a narrative feature film in development.